Some of the New York Islanders’ newest faces and invitees will get a taste of the organization when the team holds its annual prospect mini camp this week. The schedule from Tuesday, June 27, through Saturday, July 1, includes a public scrimmage at 6 p.m. EDT Thursday.
Outside of that scrimmage and separate practices with the “Blue” and “White” groups Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, camp will conclude with a scrimmage on Saturday morning, though that one is closed to the public.
The roster of mini camp and scrimmage attendees will be available soon, with lots of returnees plus new faces.
This is always a quick turnaround during a busy part of the summer schedule, with the Islanders adding five players in the NHL Draft two days ago — usually several of the new picks attend — and the free agent flirtation period opening Sunday before teams and free agents can start discussing terms and putting pens to paper on July 1.
The camp also serves as a sort of incentive for prospects, giving them a taste of the NHL life, something to aspire to, and perhaps a reinforcement that there is more to Long Island than the Coliseum parking lot national hockey media cite over and over again. Last summer the Islanders got KHL goalie and hot prospect Ilya Sorokin to come for camp.
In addition to Islanders properties, the franchise often does an nice job filling out the camp roster with local standouts and interesting college players, plus the occasional guest from Asia.
Okay, roster to come later. Now back to your trade rumor/free agent aspirations.