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Isles Day-to-Day: Islanders Open Camp

News, notes and quotes from the first day of Islanders Training Camp

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Training camp is officially underway!

With Head Coach Barry Trotz drawing up drills, the New York Islanders kicked off the on-ice sessions of training camp. The 68-man camp roster was split into three groups A, B and C each skating approximately 90 minutes. 

See below for a full breakdown of the three groups. Stay tuned for more updates from the first day of camp and follow @NYIslanders on Twitter for all the latest news. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Sbisa, Seidenberg and Gionta on PTOs

Veterans all on professional tryouts at Islanders training camp

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Free agent defensemen Luca Sbisa and Dennis Seidenberg as well as forward Stephen Gionta are attending Islanders training camp on professional tryouts (PTOs) this season. 

Sbisa spent last season with the Vegas Golden Knights, joining the team via the expansion draft. The defenseman is a veteran of 495 NHL games, racking up 102 points (18G, 84A) over 10 seasons with Philadelphia, Anaheim, Vancouver and Vegas. He played 12 playoff games in Vegas' run to the Stanley Cup Final. 

Sbisa said he's excited for the opportunity and appreciated Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello's directness about his situation. 

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Dobson Agrees to Terms on Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract

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The New York Islanders announced today that Noah Dobson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract.  

Dobson, 18, scored 69 points (17 goals, 52 assists) in 67 games during his second season with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Dobson's 52 assists led the team and his 69 points ranked second.

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Korn Named Director of Goaltending

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The New York Islanders announced today that Mitch Korn has been named Director of Goaltending.  

Korn spent the past season as the Director of Goaltending and three previous as Goaltending Coach, all with the Washington Capitals. During his time in Washington, the Capitals won two consecutive Presidents' Trophies (2015-16 and 2016-17) and the franchise's first Stanley Cup (2018). At the completion of the 2014-15 season, under Korn's coaching, Capitals' goalie Braden Holtby finished with the most saves (1,887), played the most games (73) and finished second in wins (41). The following season, Holtby tied Hall of Fame netminder, Martin Brodeur's NHL record of 48 victories and won the Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in the National Hockey League.

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Greco Named Goaltending Coach

Former Toronto Marlies goalie coach joins Islanders staff

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The New York Islanders announced today that Piero Greco has been named NHL Goaltending Coach.  

Greco served as the Head Goaltending Coach for the Toronto Marlies, American Hockey League affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, for the past four seasons. Last year, the Marlies won their first Calder Cup Championship in franchise history. During the regular season, both Toronto goalies, Garret Sparks (first) and Calvin Pickard (seventh) finished in the top seven in goals against average in the AHL. Sparks set not only career regular season numbers in games played (43) and shutouts (six), but also finished at the top of each category in the league, in goals against average (1.79), save percentage (.936) and wins (31).  

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Islanders Agree to Terms with Nelson on One-Year Contract

Forward recorded 35 points last season

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The New York Islanders announced today that forward Brock Nelson has agreed to terms on a one-year contract.  

Nelson, 26, scored 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists) last season and was one of four Islanders to play in all 82 games. A native of Warroad, MN, Nelson has 188 points (99 goals, 89 assists) in 398 career National Hockey League games, all with the Islanders.

The team selected Nelson in the first round (30th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, dressing in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Gruden Named Assistant Coach

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The New York Islanders announced today that John Gruden has been named Assistant Coach.  

Gruden, 48, has served as the Head Coach for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League for the past two seasons. Last year, with the Bulldogs he won the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL Champions. Along with winning the J. Ross Robertson Cup, Hamilton finished with the best record in the OHL Eastern Conference, 43-18-4-3. Gruden finished with an overall coaching record of 76-45-8-7.  

Prior to coaching the Bulldogs, Gruden served as Head Coach for the Flint Firebirds (OHL) during the 2015-16 season. 

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Islanders Agree to Terms With Pulock on Two-Year Contract

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The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Ryan Pulock has agreed to terms on a two-year contract. 

Pulock, 23, played in 68 games last season with the Islanders, setting career high numbers with 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points. He finished second on the team in defensemen scoring and tied for first in goals (10). Pulock has played in a total of 84 NHL games and has 36 points (12 goals and 24 assists). In six Stanley Cup playoff games, Pulock has three points (one goal and two assists).  

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Islanders Agree to Terms With Burroughs on Two-Year Contract

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The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Kyle Burroughs has agreed to terms on a two-year, two-way contract.

Burroughs has played the past four seasons with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 186 games played, the 23-year-old has 59 points (11 goals and 48 assists) and had a +9 rating. Last season, Burroughs had a career year with 25 points (six goals and 19 assists in 75 games. The 6'0, 203 pound defenseman has played 18 career games in the ECHL with the Missouri Mavericks, totaling seven points (1 goal and six assists).

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Islanders Agree to Terms With Toews on Two-Year Contract

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The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Devon Toews has agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

Toews has spent the past two seasons in the American Hockey League and scored 67 points (13 goals and 54 assists) in 106 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He was named to the AHL's All-Rookie team at the completion of the 2016-17 season where he led all rookie defensemen in scoring and finished fourth in the league amongst all defensemen. Toews represented the Sound Tigers at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic and won the fastest skater competition.

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