Forward Johan Sundstrom, who was called up Thursday from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, and defenseman Kevin Czuczman, who was signed Tuesday after completing his season with Lake Superior State University, each skated with the New York Islanders on Friday.
Sundstrom will make his NHL debut Friday when the Islanders host the San Jose Sharks.
"I am very excited," Sundstrom told the Islanders website. "This is why you work so hard every day. Now I have an opportunity here so I am happy to be here and I'll hopefully get some points. I try to be a solid two-way player. I like to be physical and shoot the puck and skate a lot."
The Sharks held an optional skate Friday after a 4-3 road win in a shootout against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. They will face a rather inexperienced Islanders team at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
With veteran forwards John Tavares and Michael Grabner injured, the Islanders will field nine players with fewer than 80 NHL games. The most experienced player, goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, will start against the Sharks, with whom he played his first 10 NHL seasons. He remains San Jose's franchise leader with 293 wins, more than double the 125 wins posted by Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi, who is expected to start after Alex Stalock started in Columbus.
"He means a lot to the [Sharks] organization," San Jose forward Joe Pavelski said of Nabokov. "I liked him as a goalie; I liked him as a guy. I'm excited to have a chance to finally play against him. He means a lot to the guys in the room and the organization. He was great when he was there and he's been really good for this organization coming in and stabilizing that position."
Here are the projected lineups for the Sharks and Islanders: