After officially wrapping up their preseason, Jack Capuano and company have seen what they needed to see from the Islanders at training camp.
The Islanders cut their active roster down to 24, one above the 23-man limit, which has to be set by 5 p.m. Tuesday. The Islanders have 14 forwards including Eric Boulton (PTO), seven active defensemen (Thomas Hickey is on IR) and three goaltenders.
On Monday, the Islanders loaned Kirill Petrov to Bridgeport, returned 2015 first-round pick Mathew Barzal to the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) and placed Louis Leblanc on waivers. Williams will remain with the Islanders until Jaroslav Halak – day-to-day, upper body – is back in action.
With Monday’s transactions, the Islanders roster is taking shape. The Islanders haven’t played a game with a full squad yet this preseason, so their 2-6-0 record should be taken in stride. The lack of preseason playing time shouldn’t be a problem as this team is quite familiar with each other, returning 12 forwards – 13 if Boulton signs – and six defensemen. Once Halak is healthy, the Islanders will have their starting goalie back from last season as well.
Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the Capitals should also be taken in stride, as the Islanders and Capitals were working toward different goals. The Islanders, who called up three defensemen from Bridgeport Sunday, wanted another look at and more experience for younger players, while the Capitals wanted to take the full team out for a test drive.
The Islanders are practicing at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD for two days before returning to Long Island Wednesday night. Then there’s one last practice on Long Island Thursday before opening night in Brooklyn on Friday, October 9. Buy tickets here.