PROSPECTS HIT THE ICE WEDNESDAYTwo days of drills, scrimmage Saturday at 7:00

Nino Niederreiter, Kirill Kabanov, Brock Nelson, Travis Hamonic, Kirill Petrov and several other young Islanders draft picks will hit the ice at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the first time at Prospect Camp on Wednesday.

 

Players arrived on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, two groups will each skate and participate in drills for an hour at the Coliseum.

 

Among the other leading prospects scheduled to participate: goalies Mikko Koskinen and Anders Nilsson; defensemen Tony DeHart, Matt Donovan, Aaron Ness and Shane Sims; and forwards Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin, Rhett Rakhshani and David Ullstrom. Listed as “injured” are goaltender Kevin Poulin and defensemen Calvin de Haan and Mark Katic.

 

In a nice touch, the Islanders have also invited several non-roster players from Long Island to participate, and the captain of Japan’s Under-18 national team.

 

After an off-ice day on Friday, the Islanders will host a scrimmage at 7:00 pm at the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike. Tickets are $10. Details can be found at www.newyorkislanders.com.




8 comments
metstastic
metstastic

What's the difference between $7M anyway? Building projects ALWAYS go over budget!

Daniel
Daniel

This would be awesome. But would you still do the games Toby?

metstastic
metstastic

@__chancey__@SPORTSRADIO1021 It's not just about spending tax payer money. There are numerous reasons to make a ball park. Usually, the team agrees to redevelop the area around the ball park as well.. more jobs.. tax revenue.. etc.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@metstastic @SPORTSRADIO1021 That's ignoring the obvious point here.  Yes having a stadium vs not stadium is somewhat better for a community, but there should never be a situation where public money is spent that is so blatantly exploited by owners.  All these economic surveys are nonsense - firms looking to validate their expensive and flawed research.  Have you ever heard of one of these firms doing a true up 10 years later on what they initially said?  Of course not. 

There's a great article you can look up, here: 

Publicly funded sports arenas add little to local economy, report says, Study comes as Milwaukee considers financing of BMO Harris Bradley Center By Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel

"Coates' study, released in 2003, reports that "economists have found no evidence of positive economic impact of professional sports teams and facilities on urban economies."

"These results suggest at best (that) professional sports teams and facilities provide non-pecuniary benefits like civic pride and a greater sense of community, along with consumption benefits to those attending games and following the local team in the media; at worst, residents of cities with professional sports teams pay a high cost for the privilege, both in terms of large public subsidies and in terms of lost income and employment," Coates concluded.

Reports the reference bureau: "Sports economists cannot quantify or dispute the claim by public financing advocates that sports facilities are critical for a host city's self-image and prestige."



 

Daniel
Daniel

@Toby Hyde Hmmm, if yes then I love the decision. If no, I don't because I love reading your input on the prospects that come through Savannah. Plus it would seem like a raw deal for you. Best of luck either way.