Islanders announce roster for 2015 mini camp

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders announced the mini camp roster on Monday night. Some of the names from this year include Michael Dal Colle, Joshua Ho-Sang and Ryan Pulock.

In addition, the newest Islanders prospects will be in attendance, too. Fans will get their first look at Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Ryan Pilon, Mitchell Vande Sompel, Patrick Wotherspoon, Petter Hansson and Andong Song. Plenty of eyes will be on New York’s two first-round selections in 2015, but Song will also be a player to watch considering the historical significance of his selection.

Miks Indrasis, who was offered a contract by the Islanders earlier this month, will also be at this years mini camp being held at Twin Rinks Ice Center in Eisenhower Park. Indrasis is a restricted free agent in the KHL.

Mini camp will be held from Tuesday, July 7 through  Saturday, July 11. The annual Blue & White Scrimmage will be held at Barclays Center on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m., and the doors open to the event at 6 p.m.

For the full camp roster click here.


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Islanders extend qualifying offers to six players

The Islanders have extended qualifying offers to six of their restricted free agents, the team announced (June 29).

In addition to Anders Lee, who the club is reportedly close to extending, and Brock Nelson, whose contract situation will be addressed later this offseason, the Isles extended qualifying offers to Kevin Czuczman, Mike Halmo, Kevin Poulin and Johan Sundstrom.

By extending qualifying offers to the above players, the Isles have retained negotiating rights.

Had the Isles not extended qualifying offers, the aforementioned players would have become unrestricted free agents on July 1.


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Apr 7, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) chases after the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Islanders getting close to new deal with Anders Lee

The Islanders are closing in on a new contract with forward Anders Lee, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports (June 29, 10:09 a.m.).

Lee, 24, a restricted free agent, just finished his first full season in the NHL. In 76 games, Lee notched 25 goals and 41 points. He had one point during the first round of the playoffs, but was a healthy scratch for the final two games.

According to Staple, the Islanders will address forward Brock Nelson, who is an RFA with no arbitration rights, later in the offseason.

Brian Erni

I’d be interested to hear the terms on Lee, and whether the Isles go long-term or do a patchwork deal that takes them through the next two years or so. Lee scored at a torrid — if unsustainable — pace early in the season. But make no mistake: he has the talent to hit those goal levels again. As long as he’s willing to go to the net and use that impressive hand-eye coordination to make deflections, Lee is going to score his 20-25 goals.

I’m also interested in seeing how he internalizes getting scratched in the postseason, and what tweaks he may have made to his offseason program to avoid that scoring lull he was stuck in at the end of the season.


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Isles and Thomas Hickey closing in on an extension

The Islanders and Thomas Hickey should agree on an extension in the next few days, according to Newsday’s Art Staple (June 29).

Staple says the deal will pay Hickey $2-2.5 million per season.

Staple reported earlier this month that Hickey and the Isles were close on a new deal.

In 81 games last season, Hickey scored two goals and posted 20 assists.

Brian Erni

I know some fans like to cite Hickey’s size (or lack thereof) as a reason why he’s not worth extending. I couldn’t disagree more. For a third pairing defenseman, Hickey provides a ton of value. Not only is he very steady on the blue line, but he can get involved in the rush and score the rogue goal. What more do you really need out of a fifth-sixth defenseman? Hickey is familiar with the system and, very quietly, provides the Islanders quality minutes. I’m very happy to keep him around, especially at an AAV of $2-2.5 million.

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After draft, Okposo and Grabner remain Islanders

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Everyone was expecting Garth Snow to make a trade during the NHL Draft. He did, but it did not involve the two most likely players to be dealt there. 
Mar 7, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) celebrates his goal with New York Islanders right wing Michael Grabner (40) in front of Calgary Flames center Joe Colborne (8) during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner remain members of the New York Islanders, for now. It was believed that at least one of them would have been dealt on Friday or Saturday. Instead, it was Griffin Reinhart who was sent to Edmonton in return for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in this year’s draft.

The market for Grabner and Okposo just was not there during the two day draft being held in Sunrise, Florida. More from Newsday:

Sources indicated the Isles received precious little interest in Michael Grabner, who was actively shopped around this weekend and before. Grabner carries a $3-million salary-cap hit but has a salary of $5 million this coming season, making him unattainable for many teams.

Sources also indicated that trade interest in Kyle Okposo was not strong. Contract extension talks between Snow and Okposo’s reps could pick up this summer, but it isn’t likely that Okposo will be seeking less than a six-year contract at $7 million per season.

If Snow is unwilling to pony up, Okposo could be shopped more aggressively as training camp draws near.

To read more of this story, click here


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Islanders have successful weekend at the NHL Draft

Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Mathew Barzal poses with team executives after being selected as the number sixteen overall pick to the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow had himself another good year at the draft. New York did not have any picks in the first round, but by the of end of Friday night the Islanders had made two first round selections.

On day two, the Islanders came away with five defenseman to replenish the team’s blue line prospects. They even managed to make a bit of history with the selection of Andong Song, the first Chinese born player to be drafted by an NHL team.

The 2015 draft for the Islanders was one in which they could pick the best players available and not for need. They already have a strong group of prospects in the system and now they have the building blocks to make the team very good for many years to come. To read more of this story, click here


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