more updates from practice later
12:35 pm - As expected, Islanders prospect defensemen Calvin de Haan and Travis Hamonic are among 36 players invited to the final tryout camp for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships.
12:25 pm – Scott Gordon was asked if having the fathers around on this two-game road trip to Atlanta and Tampa Bay would be a good reminder of discipline for the players. Cracked Gordon, “We’re more concerned about the discipline of the parents.”
Gordon conducted a 75-minute practice today in which he never got loud. I asked if that could have been because the fathers were watching. “They can’t ground me,” he said. Gordon said the work ethic of his players has been strong all season, so he doesn’t have to bark much. “Their work ethic comes from their parents,” he said. “I know mine did.”
Regarding the lineup, Gordon reported that Richard Park wore yellow as an extra because he wanted “the other guys” – namely Rob Schremp and Blake Comeau – “to get the reps.” That may be true, but it’s clear Park is nursing some kind of minor injury.
10:55 am – Team USA 29-man camp roster announced for World Junior Championships. Islanders late-round pick Matt Donovan (Colorado) is on it. Islanders’ 2008 second round pick Aaron Ness is not. In 14 games this season, Ness has a goal and four assists and does not appear to be developing well as a hockey player at the U. of Minn. Sound familiar? There were rumors Ness might transfer, but those have been unfounded so far. His father, Jay, went to North Dakota.
10:40 am - Team Canada likely to announce 36-man roster for World Junior Championships camp later today. Islanders prospect defensemen Calvin de Haan and Travis Hamonic are not locks to make the team, but they should be on the camp invite list. The final seven or eight D could come down to who is freed up to play. For example, as reported by Bob McKenzie, St. Louis has made Alex Pietrangelo available.
Frans Nielsen is practicing with the team, wearing a yellow jersey. Joining him in yellow is Richard Park. No word from the team yet if he is ailing.
After two full days of practice, looks like this could be a quick one today. The players’ fathers are here to join them on the flight from Farmingdale for the start of the annual dads’ trip.
Comeau – Thompson – Jackman
Moulson – Tavares – Okposo
Tambellini – Bailey – Sim
Bergenheim – Schremp – Hunter
(yellow) Nielsen, Park
Streit – Gervais
Witt – Hillen
Meyer – MacDonald
The rehabilitation of captain Doug Weight, said by the Islanders on Nov. 10 to be sidelined 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury, is on or close to schedule. Weight tells good man Steve Marcus of Newsday that he hopes to return “around Christmas or just after.”
Hockey talk here. Lighthouse continues below.