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Islanders News: Dobson, Aho make a blueline crowd

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Promising young defensemen need a break, or a trade, to make the opening roster.

NHL: JAN 15 Islanders at Canadiens
THE Sebastian Aho State University
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The Islanders rookies and younger players are hitting stride in their pre-preseason camp. In case you missed it, here’s the roster of attendees.

Islanders Reading

  • Otto Koivula on his seamless switch to center: “I wasn’t surprised. I think everyone else was surprised, but I felt very good from the start.” More on him and Noah Dobson, plus Jakub Skarek, who prefers to be in North America even if that means the ECHL, and injured prospects (Carpenter, Holmstrom, Wilde) yet to hit the ice. [Athletic]
  • Sebastian Aho, who has been paired with Dobson so far in camp, knows what it takes to get back to the NHL. [Newsday]
  • Both have the goods, but Aho and Dobson face a crowded field to grab a spot. [Islanders Insight]
  • Dobson is dialed in for camp. [Isles]
  • The story of former Islanders forward Dave Salvian and his only NHL game — a playoff game. [Fox]
  • Young Carter delivers his initial season preview and topical breakdown. [CarterHud]
  • Talking Isles hockey with Arthur Staple and Denmark’s Lars Mah (in English):

Elsewhere

  • Taylor Hall and the Devils will resume contract talks soon, their GM sure hopes. [NHL]
  • Meanwhile, their unsigned RFA Pavel Zacha is making rumblings about signing in Europe. [All About the Jersey] Shero’s message: I don’t really care. [Sportsnet]
  • Does Zach Werenski’s three-year extension provide the blueprint for other unsigned RFAs? [TSN]
  • The Hurricanes are discussing trading Justin Faulk to the Ducks, but reportedly the blueliner would require an extension before approving a trade. [TSN]
  • Three big questions facing Canadiens camp. [Sportsnet] And the Oilers.
  • Speedster and women’s hockey star Kendall Coyne Schofield is joining the Sharks’ broadcast team. [Fear The Fin]

It’s September, time for “ask about the Leafs captaincy” (and Marner) season! [TSN]