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Making Sense of the New York Islanders 23-Man Roster

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It shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise that the 23-man roster that the New York Islanders submitted to the NHL would be a bit of a head-scratcher. It has been the Islanders’ MO for most of the offseason to play things pretty close to the vest and that didn’t change on Monday.

The roster that the NHL currently has listed for New York shows them with 13 forwards and eight defensemen. Ilya Sorokin and Jakub Skarek are listed as the two Islanders goaltenders with Semyon Varlamov starting the year off on the IR.

Matt Martin is also listed on the IR.

Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Ross Johnston, Leo Komarov, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Kyle Palmieri, Zach Parise and Oliver Wahlstrom make up the forward group. Sebastian Aho, Zdeno Chara, Noah Dobson, Andy Greene, Thomas Hickey, Scott Mayfield, Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock are the eight defensemen listed.

The New York Islanders are carrying 25 players on the roster, but with Varlamov and Martin both on IR, they do not count against the team’s active roster spots. They do still however count against the Islanders’ salary cap.

New York did place Johnny Boychuk on LTIR, which allows them to exceed the cap by $6 million. The Islanders used all but $6.6K of that space, according to PuckPedia.

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Contracts for Cory Schneider and Kieffer Bellows have not been filed with the NHL yet, which is why neither player appeared on the roster the New York Islanders submitted to the NHL. Michael Dal Colle, who was placed on waivers on Monday, only had his contract filed with the league that day.

The Islanders also only officially filed the contracts of Parise and Chara on Sunday.

There are still some roster moves that are sure to come over the next day or so before the puck drops on the season opener in Carolina on Thursday. Schneider’s contract will eventually be filed and Skarek will head to AHL Bridgeport to play down there.

Hickey, who was placed on waivers on Saturday and cleared, won’t likely be on the New York Islanders roster permanently and Leo Komarov is the favorite to be the odd man out when rosters spots are needed.

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