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Islanders announce 23-man opening roster

Monday, 09.30.2013 / 3:28 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / Training Camp 2013 blog

The New York Islanders on Monday sent 15 players to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In addition, the team released four from training camp tryouts and returned one to juniors. The moves finalized the Islanders' roster that will open the 2013-14 season Friday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

The Islanders' lineup features 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies. The two rookies making the team are defenseman Griffin Reinhart, selected with the fourth pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, and center Brock Nelson, chosen at No. 30 in 2010. Forward Cal Clutterbuck (skate laceration) opens the season on injured reserve.

Forwards Chris Bruton, Joe Diamond, Brett Gallant, Mike Halmo, Kirill Kabanov, Anders Lee, John Persson, Alan Quine, Ryan Strome and Johan Sundstrom, defensemen Calvin de Haan, Scott Mayfield and Aaron Ness and, goalie Anders Nilsson were loaned to the Sound Tigers. Forward Justin Johnson, defenseman Radek Martinek and goalie Ken Reiter were released from professional tryout agreements, and forward Riley Wetmore from an amateur tryout agreement. Johnson, Reiter and Wetmore will report to the Sound Tigers' Training Camp.

Ryan Pulock, who the Islanders selected with the 15th pick in the 2013 draft, was returned to the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round