Islanders Finalize Opening Night Roster
September has passed, which means training camp is over. October has just begun, which means hockey season is back. Today, the Islanders announced their final roster, narrowing it down to a total of 23.
Islanders prospect Kirill Kabanov was sent back to the QMJHL today after his very strong solid preseason, impressing many members of the Islanders organization.
Another rookie who battled for a final roster spot was Islanders first round pick Ryan Strome. Only thing was, he won the battle. Many people believe he will only see nine games in the NHL this season, the same as Nino Niederreiter last season. Niederreiter, raring to get started in his first full season in the NHL, has been sidelined due to a groin injury and has been placed on the IR. If Nino were to return before Strome's nine games, it may cost Ryan Strome to be sent back to the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL earlier than scheduled.
Defenseman Dylan Reese, who played the 27 games with the Islanders last season, has been sent down to AHL affiliate Bridgeport along with Trevor Frischmon, who was signed by the Islanders on July 5th of this year.
Earlier in the week, the Islanders assigned goaltenders Kevin Poulin and Mikko Koskinen to Bridgeport, leaving three goaltenders for the Islanders to work with; Rick DiPietro, Al Montoya, and Evgeni Nabokov. It will be very interesting to see how head coach Jack Capuano deals with this situation knowing that one of the goaltenders has to sit in the press box and become a spectator each night.
The injured reserved list is unfortunately filling up already, with Nino Niederreiter (groin), Trevor Gillies (groin), Mark Katic (shoulder),Rhett Rakhshani (concussion), and Jeremy Colliton set to miss time.
With opening night approaching, the Islanders seem to be primed and ready for this 40th Anniversary season to begin, as do the fans.