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Short Stay: Islanders make Wotherspoon, Vande Sompel and Quenneville the first camp cuts

See you guys next summer

NHL: Preseason-New York Islanders at New York Rangers
That’s Quenneville right there.
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Before making an addition no one was expecting or particularly wanted them to make, the Islanders made their first cuts from training camp, sending three young defensemen back to their junior teams.

Parker Wotherspoon was returned to Tri-City of the WHL, David Quenneville to Medicine Hat of the WHL and Mitchell Vande Sompel to Oshawa of the OHL, where he’ll be one of the veteran leaders of the Generals.

(Wotherspoon is the only one to have signed an entry level deal with the club, which probably explains that “transferred” tag.)

All three participated in rookie camp earlier this month and got into some preseason games this week. Wotherspoon and Vande Sompel played in the Islanders 3-0 win over the Flyers on Monday, and the former had an assist on Joshua Ho-Sang’s second period goal. Quenneville played in the 5-2 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night and finished a minus-2 (look, I’ll allow it here. It’s preseason and stats are scarce.)

Wotherspoon has turned a few heads since being drafted in 2015 and Vande Sompel will get some spotlight time back in Oshawa. The diminutive Quenneville was just drafted this summer. In other words, you’ll see these guys again soon enough.