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Islanders Camp: Okposo keeps up

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 1:22 PM

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist / Super Saturday

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Islanders Camp: Okposo keeps up
SYOSSET, N.Y. -- Michael Grabner and Frans Nielsen form two-thirds of one of the fastest lines in the NHL. Kyle Okposo, the third member of the trio, knows he has to work hard to keep up.

"Today especially, with the skating tests and the laps we were doing at the end -- I was working on my skating all summer because I know how fast those guys are," Okposo said after Saturday's initial workout at Iceworks. "It was tough to keep up with them, but it's fun at the same time. We kind of push each other."

Nielsen said Okposo looks like he'll have no trouble keeping up.

"He looks good," the Danish center said. "You can see that he worked his butt off this summer. I can see that he's in great shape."
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