The New York Islanders have many very large boys at their prospect camp this week, and now they have updated weights. The big got bigger, and the Strome added too. Meanwhile, 6'4 Scott Mayfield says he knows he needs to get bigger himself (presumably in bulk, not in height):
- Skates on a Plane has fun with the previously 6'5 Doyle Somerby adding an inch, and yet more pounds, before he even goes to college. That post also has the already 6'6 Loic Leduc adding 25 lbs. from last year.
- This official site story has Mayfield on getting stronger, Somerby on his second camp, Jack Capuano on amateur free agent invitees, and off-ice trainer Sean Donellan on how to get these kids to do it right.
- Tom Liodice at MSG profiles one of those invitees, local boy James Mazza.
- Here are photos of the boys going through the reps. Do what Strome does, gentlemen.
- And here is video with first-round pick Ryan Pulock.
- Brian Compton at nhl.com covers the possibility of Strome being on the wing to make the team, which inspired our musings on that timeless topic last night. [Edit: Here is another take, from Kevin at IPB.]
- Too Many Men on the Site reviews the Islanders (off)season.
- Wysh of Puck Daddy likes the Isles offseason so far.
- Arthur Staple sorts out our long national nightmare, clarifies Kevin Poulin will not require waivers to be assigned to Bridgeport this fall. Ignore all of our mental gymnastics to figure how that could be over the last few days.
- Buzzing the Net pumps Brenden Kichton's tires with suspicious enthusiasm.
- Through various sources, the following Sound Tigers are moving on from Bridgeport: Matt Watkins, feel-good story Jon Landry, and Blair "not Baba O'" Riley.
- Jaromir Jagr's suitors reportedly include L.A., Montreal and Buffalo.
- The Hall of Fame shall now include Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer, the latter two throwing their vote for the late Pat Burns. Oh, the class also includes the late father of that brilliant Pittsburgh GM who inherited the Penguins' latest tanking assets. (But seriously, cheers to Fred Shero.)
- Tyler Seguin and Jim Nill explain that whole unfortunate Twitter thing. (The incident, not the technology.)
- Now this is rich: Georges (singular) Laraque, the enforcer who stopped enforcing while being paid gobs by the Habs, says enforcer George (singular) Parros won't enforce enough for the Habs.
- C&B: Is four years of Andrew Ference a bad bet?
- The Case for Grabovski, Capitals Edition.