1:00 pm, Iceworks – The Islanders may start to look a little more like a rebuilding team again, now that 20-year old right wing Kyle Okposo is set to return to the lineup when the Islanders play in Minnesota on Friday night.
The rest of the Islanders’ roster for this two-game trip, as of 1:00 today, was still very much up in the air. Before the Islanders board their 2:30 pm charter – or at least prior to tomorrow’s game – there are still decisions to be made.
Mike Comrie is confirmed to be back at center. “We’re excited to have Mike back,” said Scott Gordon. “He gives us a more proven offensive player in our lineup.”
Comrie could center Okposo, the St. Paul native who played his first collegiate game for the University of Minnesota in the Excel Energy Center, the home of the Wild. “I was terrible,” Okposo said today after practice. “I was so nervous, I could barely skate.”
The kid is also poised enough to understand the gravity of his team’s current plight. Asked how important if would be for the Islanders to win in Minnesota, Okposo said, “We just need a win anywhere, no matter how we get it. If we could win a game 1-0 in a shootout, I’m sure we’d take it.”
Stay tuned to Point Blank as we await any news of roster decisions.