Summer camp has come and gone for the New York Islanders' prospects.
They arrived on Long Island last Monday for a week of intense on-ice and off-ice training, working out for the Islanders’ coaches and management, finding out what to work on before September’s training camp.
The week culminated with the Blue & White Scrimmage at Northwell Health Center, a three-team, four-on-four tournament that saw Joshua Ho-Sang and Ilya Sorokin’s squad go undefeated. The prospects got their first look at Northwell – the Islanders’ new, state-of-the-art practice facility – and toured New York, hitting up the Empire State Building, as well as a Yankees/Mets games.
In case you were out of town – or engulfed in free agency – here’s six things you missed at Islanders Mini Camp.
ILYA SOROKIN ARRIVES AT CAMP
The KHL goalie of the year made his first appearance at an Islanders camp and didn’t disappoint, posting a shutout in the first game of the Blue & White Scrimmage. Sorokin’s arrival was somewhat of a milestone – the Russian goalie says he wants to be in the NHL and the Islanders want to bring him over – so this week served as an introduction/feeling out process. He has two years left on his KHL contract.
THE BLUE & WHITE SCRIMMAGE
Several thousand fans packed Northwell Health Ice Center on Wednesday for the annual prospects game – the hardcore of hardcore Islanders fans. The packed house set the stage for a fast-paced, three-team, four-on-four tournament, won by Joshua Ho-Sang and Ilya Sorokin’s team. Wednesday was also Islanders' fans first live, in-person look at 2016 first-rounder Kieffer Bellows.
KIEFFER BELLOWS BEGINS ISLANDERS JOURNEY
Kieffer Bellows – the 19th overall pick at the draft – began his Islanders journey last week, donning the orange and blue and skating against fellow first-rounders Michael Dal Colle, Anthony Beauvillier and Joshua Ho-Sang.
MATHEW BARZAL STAYS OFF THE ICE AS A PRECAUTION
Mathew Barzal attended Islanders Mini Camp but stayed off the ice last week, a cautionary measure as he nurses a nagging hip strain. The injury is not considered serious, but after playing all the way to the WHL Finals, the Islanders opted to give the 2015 first-rounder some rest. He says he'll be ready for training camp in September.
GOALIE STEVE MUNDINGER SCORES A GOAL
Smithtown native and goalie Steve Mundinger had a night to remember at the Blue & White Scrimmage, scoring an empty-netter in a 3-1 win for Team White. Mundinger – who is a tower at 6’8 – was the last player to touch the puck for Team White before a missed pass led to an own goal.
Talk about a galvanizing moment. The mantra for Team White after that one: DO IT FOR DINGER!
PROSPECTS TOUR NEW YORK
No trip to New York is complete without a little sightseeing, so after putting in the work every day, the Islanders prospects had some fun, taking in a pair of baseball games and touring the Empire State Building. Matt Finn might have a career in baseball one day.