From three groups to two groups to one, the New York Islanders have made their second set of training camp cuts following their fourth preseason game, a 4-3 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers.
#Isles announce that goaltender Jakub Skarek and forwards William Dufour, Simon Holmstrom, Ruslan Iskhakov, and Aatu Räty have been sent to Bridgeport.
Isaiah George has been assigned to the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
— Stefen Rosner (@stefen_rosner) October 5, 2022
Last week the New York Islanders cut 16 skaters, with 15 making their way to the Bridgeport Islanders, the club’s AHL affiliate, with one being returned to their junior team. On Tuesday, veteran defenseman Seth Helgeson was sent to Bridgeport, as he was on a minor league deal.
That left the New York Islanders with 44 players on their training camp roster.
But now, that number is down to 30.
Forwards: Parise, Barzal, Palmieri, Cizikas, Lee, Koivula, Pageau, Nelson, Beauvillier, Bailey, Johnston, Soshnikov, Martin, Bellows
Defense: Aho, Salo, Pelech, Pulock, Dobson, LaDue, Hutton, Bolduc, Romanov
Goalies: Sorokin, Varlamov
Missing: Cal Clutterbuck, Oliver Wahlstrom, Scott Mayfield, Cole Bardreau, Cory Schneider
Clutterbuck, Wahlstrom, and Mayfield have not skated in a few days, while Bardreau took a hard hit in Tuesday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
As one can see, the three youngsters in Aatu Räty, Simon Holmstrom, and William Dufour did not survive the second round of cuts, while Nikita Soshnikov did.
There was no expectation that either of the three youngsters would make the team. Aatu Räty and Simon Holmstrom seem relatively close to being NHL options for the organization, while William Dufour needs time to adjust to the speed of the game following his final junior season.
2022 fourth-round pick Isaiah George, who was injured during development camp, never got a chance to suit up for a preseason game.
The New York Islanders have a little over a week before their regular season begins. Head coach Lane Lambert will likely roll out his NHL lineup those last two games while also allowing netminder Semyon Varlamov a full sixty minutes and Ily Sorokin th same, despite him playing the entirety of Tuesday’s contest.