1:30 pm – A series of updates from Islanders practice:
Kyle Okposo took part in his first practice today after suffering a concussion 11 days ago in Calgary. He reported that he felt good and would practice all week before a decision was made on his status for the season opener on Saturday. Scott Gordon said Okposo has passed all of the medical tests and Okposo was under no restrictions. (With the Islanders not playing their second regular season game until five days after the opener, do not rule out the team giving Okposo extra time before taking contact).
Doug Weight (groin) took the day off from skating. He said he was aiming for Saturday’s opener. His coach was less optimistic: “It would be hard for that to happen,” said the coach. Gordon said, “Doug probably pushed himself a little harder than he should have.”
Calvin de Haan (groin) will not play Tuesday in New Jersey, although Gordon called the injury “not serious.” The 2009 12th overall pick is a possibility to start the year in the NHL. “We’ve liked what we’ve seen so far,” said Gordon. “I didn’t expect him playing a game and having an impact at this level.”
Dwayne Roloson is scheduled to play the entire game on Tuesday.
Richard Park and Tim Jackman will be among the few healthy scatches tomorrow because the coaching staff knows what they have in them and it’s one more (possibly final) opportunity for bubble boys like Greg Moore, Joel Rechlicz and Jeremy Reich.
I asked Gordon today about Jesse Joensuu. Just wanted to make sure the kid was still on track and didn’t show up to Saskatoon fat or anything. The coach had no concerns. “He was better at this camp than at any point last year,” said Gordon. “Jesse was disappointed that he didn’t take the next step, but he understands it’s a progression. I told him, ‘Best-case scenario, you play 40 games in Bridgeport and you’ll be better for it.’ But he also know that if he spends most of the year there, it’s for his development.”
Training camp stat worth noting: Jack Hillen has been on the ice over four preseason games for just one even-strength goal against, and that was an empty-netter.
Gone to Bridgeport but leaving behind some cautiously optimistic buzz: Mikko Koskinen.
Monday, 11:10 am, Iceworks – Kyle Okposo is back. Calvin de Haan is out today with a sore groin. Trent Hunter and Doug Weight out.
Andrew MacDonald is in Bridgeport. He is injured, so technically he cannot be sent down. Same goes for Mark Katic, Bobby Hughes and Mark Flood.
Bergenheim – Tavares – Moulson
Tambellini – Bailey – Sim
Jackman – Park – Okposo
Smith – Moore – Comeau
Reich – Thompson – Rechlicz
Streit – Gervais
Witt – Martinek
Sutton – Meyer