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.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — There is still plenty to do before the Islanders move into Barclays Center, but general manager Garth Snow and Anders Lee are excited by what is being constructed in the bowels of their new home.
Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:
Barclays Center is constructing the Islanders’ new facilities, which will be completed before NHL training camps open in September. The facilities, which are being called the “Islanders’ campus,” will encompass 10,000 square feet of Barclays Center and include state-of-the-art amenities. Lee says it will make the transition easier.
“You come to a place like this where everything is state-of-the-art and best in the league, It’s going to help us tremendously,” he said while standing in what will become the Islanders locker room.
Snow also sees the benefits of the new facilities and pleasures of playing in a modern venue.
“We loved playing at the Coliseum, he said.”But with [Barclays] you’ll see what a first-class facility is like.”
The space that will be the Islanders’ campus was previously used as the locker rooms for the part-time staff at Barclays Center. They were relocated to another area and then construction began on the Islanders’ facility. To read more of this story, click here
With the first day of Islanders prospect mini-camp underway, Andong Song, Anthony Beauvillier and Matthew Barzal share their thoughts.