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Islanders Bits: Mayfield, Russo Cut from USA Camp; Task Forces Are So In

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<em>"I've seen the future, brother, it is Islander..."</em>
"I've seen the future, brother, it is Islander..."

2011 Islanders draft picks Scott Mayfield and Robbie Russo [some profiles here] were among the 15 cuts from USA evaluation camp.

As you can see from the final roster for the games against Finland and Sweden this week, there weren't a lot of late '92 (Mayfield) or '93 (Russo) birthdays to make the final roster. But notable exceptions include Rangers 1st-round pick J.T. Miller and Panthers 2nd-round pick Rocco Grimaldi, who has always played well for USA.

Hopefully both blueliners got the proverbial "good experience" from this camp.

Meanwhile, political jockeying on the future of the Islanders land every developer wants beyond 2015 continues undeterred:

Islanders-ish Links

Not at all Islanders-ish

Keeping with the Leonard Cohen theme from the caption, if Cohen were an Isles fan:

You don't know me from the wind
You never will, you never did
I'm the fan who lives and breathes the Isle

I've seen the Isles rise and fall
I've heard their stories, watched them all
This rebuild's the only engine of survival

When they say task force, they say Brooklyn, they say we're Queens
I wonder what it means...