Rookie camp is officially open, as the New York Islanders prospects hit the ice at Northwell Health Ice Center on Sunday morning.
Thirty players (17 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goalies) make up this year's rookie camp, the annual run-up to the veteran's training camp next week. It's a chance for them to fine-tune their games and to enter training camp with a little momentum. That began with a fast-paced, 75-minute skate on Sunday with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers coaching staff.
Three players, Bode Wilde, Simon Holmstrom and Robert "Bobo" Carpenter were absent for the first day of camp nursing various injuries. Wilde, the Isles' 2018 second-round pick has a sprained ankle, while Holmstrom, the Isles' 2019 first-round pick, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury after blocking a shot in Sweden. Carpenter is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Rookie camp runs from Sept. 8-11, with daily practices at Northwell, culminating in a rookie game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night at PPL Center.
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Video: Islanders 2019 Rookie Camp: Day 1