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Game Preview: Blue and White Scrimmage

Stream the annual prospects game on NewYorkIslanders.com at 6 p.m. on Thursday

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Josh Ho-Sang, Anthony Beauvillier, Mathew Barzal and the New York Islanders prospects will face off on Thursday night, playing the team's annual Blue and White Scrimmage at Northwell Health Ice Center. 

Thursday's game will start at 6 p.m. and will be streamed live on NewYorkIslanders.com/scrimmage. The stream will go live with a pre-game show at approximately 5:45 p.m. 

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Soderstrom's Finding Success in Sweden

Islanders goalie prospect had a record-setting, banner-winning year in Sweden

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The goals don't actually count at New York Islanders Mini Camp, but for the Isles prospects, getting one by Linus Soderstrom usually warrants a celebration. 

It's no easy feat beating the 6'5 Swede, who turned heads with his banner year for HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League. Soderstrom, the Islanders' 2014 fourth-round pick, backstopped the SHL title this season - and his 1.34 goals-against average set an SHL record. Overall, Soderstrom went 18-4-0 in the regular season, with a 1.34 GAA, .943 SV% and six shutouts, before going 12-4 in the postseason. 

"He's a heck of a goaltender and had a really good year in a really good league," Islanders Head Coach Doug Weight said. 

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Islanders Open 2017 Mini Camp

Annual prospect camp running Tuesday-Saturday at Northwell Health Ice Center

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

It's not often that Doug Weight gets a look at guys like Linus Soderstrom.  

Granted, it's tough when Soderstrom is 3,850 miles away winning a Swedish Hockey League title, but that's the beauty of the Islanders annual Mini Camp, having all the team's prospects are in one place.

"It's good to have a lot of young guys together and it'll help them in a couple of months. It's always a real fun week," the Islanders coach said. "It's more about the organization, them getting comfortable with our people, with our culture, whether it's weightlifting or nutrition and to get on the ice and see some of our coaches. I think it's more about the conversation and meeting each other."

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Bellows Excited For WHL Portland

Seeking more games, Kieffer Bellows is leaving college for the WHL

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

On his draft night, Kieffer Bellows said he hoped to be in the NHL in two years. 

That plan is still in his head, but the journey is taking a slight detour, as the New York Islanders 2016 first-round pick is leaving Boston University after one year to play for the WHL's Portland Winterhawks next season. 

What's making him pack up a life at the No. 6 ranked hockey school and move across the country? It's the opportunity to play twice as much hockey next season - and Portland drafted Bellows back in the 2013 Bantam Draft, so they held his junior rights. 

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Isles Snag Two-Way Defenseman in Salo

The Islanders drafted Finnish defenseman Robin Salo 46th overall

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Robin Salo describes himself as a two-way defenseman, perhaps in the same style as Arizona's Niklas Hjalmarasson. 

That's just a point of reference though for Islanders fans unfamiliar with the Finnish blue liner, whom the Isles drafted 46th overall on Saturday. Salo said he brings his own style to the game and that being able to play in both ends is a source of pride

"I'm a two-way defenseman. I'm probably a little better in the defensive zone, a really hard player, defending well with the stick. I'm the type of player who never gives up and goes everything for my team."

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NHL Draft: Social Media Roundup

@NYIslanders takes you behind the scenes at the 2017 NHL Draft

by Rachel Schwartz Schwartzee524 / New York Islanders

Ben Mirageas Draft Day

Ben Mirageas Draft Day

Follow Islanders third-round pick Ben Mirageas through the NHL Draft

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Go behind the scenes with the newest Islanders draft picks at the 2017 NHL Draft in our social media roundup. 

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Snow Reacts To Hamonic Trade

A crowded blue line and a need to recoup assets led to Saturday's trade

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Snow on Hamonic, Draft

Snow discusses Travis Hamonic trade, Draft

Islanders general manager Garth Snow addresses the media at the 2017 NHL Draft

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It wasn't easy for Garth Snow to part with Travis Hamonic. 

Snow said the defenseman was like family to him, but in need of assets, the Islanders General Manager dealt Hamonic and a fourth-round pick to the Calgary Flames for a 2018 first-round pick and a pair of future second-rounders. 

"I think the world of him on and off the ice," Snow said. "Just a first-class player and a first-class person. These deals are always tough to do because there's an emotional element to how he is in our community and the locker room."

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Islanders Select Five On Day 2 of NHL Draft

Three Defenseman and Two Forwards Selected In Rounds 2-7

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders selected three defensemen and two forwards on the second day of the 2017 National Hockey League Draft at the United Center in Chicago. Robin Salo (46th overall), Benjamin Mirageas (77th overall), Sebastian Aho (139th overall), Arnaud Durandeau (165th overall) and Logan Cockerill (201st overall) were selected in rounds two through seven.

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Islanders Acquire Three Draft Picks

Trade Hamonic and Fourth-Round Pick to Calgary

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders have acquired three draft picks from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Travis Hamonic and a fourth-round selection.

The Islanders' sent Hamonic and a fourth-round pick in either 2019 or 2020 to Calgary in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick, a 2018 second-round pick and a second-round pick in either 2019 or 2020 (which associates with the fourth round pick the Islanders select to send to Calgary).

Hamonic, 26, scored 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 49 games last season. A native of St. Malo, MB, Hamonic has 146 points (26 goals, 120 assists) in 444 career games over seven seasons with the Islanders. The Islanders selected Hamonic in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft.

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