Ryan Strome Discusses His Debut

At the NY Hockey Journal, Christian caught up with Strome about his thoughts on his first NHL game Saturday night.

“I was more comfortable than I thought,” Strome said after the game. “These guys make the game easy. They talk a lot. Obviously I’m coming in here blindfolded a little bit. Not too sure what to expect, but my linemates helped me out a lot. The game is a bit easier down here, in the sense that everyone is in the rights spot. It’s not as chippy. It’s obviously faster, but for my skill set it fits nicely.”

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Strome Set to Make NHL Debut Tonight

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Ryan Strome played it cool during his time with the media after the Islanders’ morning skate, but it was easy to tell the 20-year-old was excited to be finally making his NHL debut.

“It’s exciting,” Strome said about being called up. “I feel like the carrots been dangling in front of me for a little bit now, especially this last week. I’m eager to get out here and get the puck dropped.”

Stome was officially called up from AHL Bridgeport on Wednesday, but the Islanders coaching staff kept him out of Thursday’s game against Phoenix in order to give him more time to prepare for the NHL. That sets the stage for Strome to make his debut at home against the Montreal Canadiens tonight. To read more of this story, click here

Photo: On the Ground in Phoenix

Reader Josh sends us this photo from his hotel in Phoenix with the caption “Strome has arrived”.

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Two Isles Prospects Named to Canada’s Junior Camp

Today, Team Canada announced a 25-man roster for its junior team selection camp that will start on December 12th. That means there will only be a few cuts to come for Canada, which opens the World Junior Championship action on December 26th in Sweden.

Two Islanders prospects were named to the camp roster and both are defenders; 2012 first-round pick Griffin Reinhart and 2012 third-round pick Adam Pelech.

Reinhart has 10 points and is +5 in 18 games for the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings so far this season. Pelech has 20 points and is +19 in 28 games for the OHL’s Erie Otters. Erie is 23-4-1 on the year and currently holds the best record in the OHL.

Reinhart will sit out the first three games of this year’s tournament as a result of a suspension carrying over from last year.

Pelech Leading Erie to Hot Start in the OHL

Kevin Schultz

Yet another of the Islanders defensive prospects currently in the pipeline is Adam Pelech, drafted in the third round of the 2012 draft. He’s performed well and is high on the radar of Hockey Canada. Pelech was offered an invite to Canada’s World Junior Camp over the summer but had to withdraw due to a wrist injury. 

Healed up and ready to go, Pelech is leading his junior team on a surprising run.  To read more of this story, click here

Afternoon Notes: Vanek Skating, Kabanov to Bridge

Earlier today, Thomas Vanek skated at the Coliseum. The good news is that he’s back on the ice but the bad news is that he didn’t skate with the team, which would imply that he still may need a few more days before getting back into games.

John Tavares also did not skate today, but that could be a rest day after he took a hard spill last night against Nashville (he did stay in and finish the game). Coach Capuano didn’t comment on whether either player would be available for Thursday. To read more of this story, click here