Jack Capuano is challenging Michael Dal Colle to force the Islanders’ hand.
Capuano spoke to IPB’s Brian Compton and said that Dal Colle should come into training camp with the idea to win a job on the roster. (July 10)
Dal Colle, who would have to be returned to Juniors if he doesn’t make the team (he cannot play in the AHL until he’s 20 years old), could be given a nine-game try with the big club.
“We’ll cross that path when we get to it,” Capuano told Compton when asked of a potential nine-game look for Dal Colle.
To hear Compton’s interview with Dal Colle on the IPB podcast from earlier this summer, click here.
The more I think about it, the more I become convinced Dal Colle can come in and win a job in camp. I actually think it works to his advantage that he can’t be sent to Bridgeport. Dal Colle has nothing left to prove in junior hockey. He scored 42 goals in 56 games last year. He’s ready to play with the big boys, and if he impresses in camp, it might be better for his development to get a full NHL season under his belt rather than lighting up the OHL all over again.
If Capuano is challenging Dal Colle to come in an beat out a player, I’d expect MDC to be ready to the task. It could be very interesting September if Dal Colle rises to the occasion.
Newsday: Issues with the practice rink the Isles are renovating on LI
In an editorial for Newsday, numerous potential issues with the practice rink the Islanders are renovating on Long Island are discussed.
Among them is the fact that the deal might violate New York State parkland rules >> Read more
BROOKLYN, New York — The Islanders held their annual Blue and White Scrimmage on Wednesday night at Barclays Center, showcasing the team’s various prospects in an intrasquad game and skills competition.
While most of the players will not suit up in an Islanders uniform this coming season, the scrimmage proved to be both entertaining and informative. There was a lot of talent on the ice, which can be credited to what Garth Snow and his staff have built through the draft the last few seasons.
A lot of players showed potential, but here’s what stuck out most in the Blue Team’s 8-3 win… To read more of this story, click here
Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:
BROOKLYN, New York– The Smile never really seemed to leave Joshua Ho-Sang
’s face when he was speaking to reporters Wednesday night.
The 19-year-old forward had every reason to enjoy himself during the Islanders Blue and White Scrimmage at Barclays Center. He had three assists in the game and was one of the most noticeable players on the ice. His skating ability and his hands impressed the crowd of 6,311, and his shootout move during the skills competition gave everyone a chuckle.
Ho-Sang skated up the ice, dove onto his belly and tried to slide the puck into the net. “It’s all in good fun in the shootout,” he said afterwards.
And during the entire evening it was quite evident how much fun he was having.
“I had so much fun,” Ho-Sang said. “I mean I don’t think you should do anything without having fun. It’s kind of pointless.”
Ho-Sang’s White Team fell to the Blue Team 8-3 after three periods and a skills competition. He assisted on all three of his team’s goals, setting up Griffen Milino for the first goal and Anthony Beauvillier for the other two. Each assist was as impressive as the next. To read more of this story, click here
Garth Snow says the Islanders’ time to shine is right now.
“There’s no patience,” Snow told reporters on Wednesday night at Barclays Center. “We’ve got to win.”
Snow was in Brooklyn to preview the Islanders facilities at their new home, and to take in the Blue and White scrimmage, where the Islanders’ top prospects took the ice for an intrasquad game and skills competition.
“Barring injury, I think we’ll be better,” Snow said. “We feel that we’ve built a team through the draft now that can compete with any team on any given night […] We have a lot of young players that, year to year, will be bigger, stronger, faster. And with that experience, we’re looking to build off last season.”
As if some of the deals dishes out last season didn’t signal it strongly enough, Garth’s comments show the Islanders’ window to win is officially open. And with the lack of a big move so far this summer, Snow has signaled to his team that he has the confidence and expectation that the group that ended last season can take that next step forward.
To me, it’s the right call. With their draft day moves, the Isles evened out some of theirprospect depth disparity between their defensemen and forwards, giving themselves top youngsters at both ends of the ice that can push veterans for their jobs. Couple that internal competition with, what will hopefully be, marked improvement from younger players like Anders Lee, Ryan Strome, and Brock Nelson and the Islanders have a club here that can contend for a long time without getting into cap hell. As training camp inches closer, the expectations are there, and it’s up to the guys in-house to answer the call.
Jeane Coakley discusses the Islanders holding their annual Blue and White scrimmage and skills competition at Barclays Center.