New York Islanders 2010 training camp opens this weekend. No need for a lengthy preamble. When it comes to job competition, here’s the score for the maximum 23-man roster for opening night. “In” players are listed alphabetically.
In (2): Rick DiPietro, Dwayne Roloson
Must Prove He’s Ready: Nathan Lawson
Prospects: Mikko Koskinen, Kevin Poulin
The Story: Not much more to add here that hasn’t been discussed for the last two years. If Roloson and DiPietro make it through camp with their health intact, it will be interesting to see if Garth Snow has three goalies in Bridgeport to start the season. One (Poulin?) could go to the ECHL.
In (7): Mark Eaton, Jack Hillen, Milan Jurcina, Andrew MacDonald, Radek Martinek, Mark Streit, James Wisniewski
Vet in a Battle: Bruno Gervais
Prospects: Calvin de Haan, Travis Hamonic, Dustin Kohn, Mark Katic
Depth Dman du Jour: Dylan Reese
The Story: Having eight players on one-way contracts minimizes the suspense, but Scott Gordon will give everyone their chance…To increase his speed and mobility, Gervais changed his workouts, monitored his nutrition more closely and lost ten pounds in the offseason. He knows he’s in for a fight to play every night…If there are injuries on the blueline, the Islanders have more solid depth at the position than they’ve had in years…Unless Jurcina has a breakout year under the tutelage of assistant coach Dean Chynoweth, the big club will continue to lack size and toughness on the blueline.
In (10): Josh Bailey, Blake Comeau, Trent Hunter, Zenon Konopka, Matt Moulson, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Rob Schremp, John Tavares, Doug Weight
Maybe: PA Parenteau
Opportunity is There: Jesse Joensuu, Matt Martin, Nino Niederreiter, David Ullstrom
Fall-Back Man: Jon Sim
Heavyweight on Call: Trevor Gillies
The Story: The most intriguing job competition at camp, without question…Martin is going to be given every chance to make the club…Parenteau has a low-cost, one-way contract. He’s going to have to earn his spot on the team. If not, he could play in Bridgeport after he clears waivers or he could be moved…The Sound Tigers will have trouble finding goals (again), but in Andy Hilbert, Robin Figren, Micheal Haley, Rhett Rakhshani, Rob Hisey and others, provide the Islanders with decent bottom-six forward depth.
Your thoughts on the opening night lineup are invited. Please, no line combinations yet. Thank you.