2:20 pm: Their China plans scrapped, Charles Wang and Garth Snow do the right thing. As first reported by Katie Strang of Newsday, training camp will be held on Long Island.
1:10 pm: In a one-on-one conversation with Point Blank, Kirill Petrov said he would play in Bridgeport for as long as the Islanders needed him, if they felt his development would benefit. “Two years, whatever.” In an ideal world for him, he joins the Islanders organization full-time immediately and leaves AK Bars and the KHL on proper terms. To the young man’s credit, he seems to want to do right by everyone.
12:20 pm: Only an hour into Islanders Prospect camp, a pair of vital and positive storylines have emerged.
Kirill Petrov, through interpreter Kirill Kabanov, said he wants to “make it right with the KHL” and play in the Islanders organization this season.
Kabanov, having no trouble speaking for himself, said he hears regularly from Moncton head coach (and former NYI assistant) Danny Flynn, and the Wildcats welcome him if Kabanov does not make the Islanders in 2010-11.
That’s not a bad start to what is usually a few days of drills and little news.
Petrov and Kabanov were part of the first group of Islanders prospects to hit the ice at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, along with late 2010 first round pick Brock Nelson. Soon after, they met the media in the locker room hallway with Kabanov playing the role of interpreter. Their thoughts:
Petrov, re-asserting his public commitment to the Islanders: “In the KHL, I didn’t get a lot of icetime. I will fix everything in Russia. I will really work hard here and do my best to play in the NHL.”
Asked if Saturday’s scrimmage before home fans is more than your typical game of shinny, Petrov said, “It’s a really big deal. I want to play hard and have fun.”
I asked Kabanov to provide a review of Petrov’s ability. “He’s really good. Unbelievable. He’s going to be in the NHL soon.” When I suggested to Kabanov that he might want to tell Petrov all the glowing things he said about him, Kabanov joked, “No way”!
Kabanov, on his first days on Long Island and first time on Coliseum ice: “Really exciting. This was my first day at the Coliseum. I’m liking Long Island. It’s not noisy and it’s also close to the city.”
Invaluable Islanders development coach Eric Cairns has taken Kabanov under his enormous wing. After spending some time with Emerson Etem in Los Angeles, Kabanov is now living with the former Islanders defenseman. “Right near the beach,” said the 17-year-old Russian. “It’s very nice. Eric Cairns is a lot older than me, but he’s become one of my closest friends.”
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