Islanders trim roster

By Bill Bennett

Three players were released, including pro tryout defensemen Ryan Bast and Lee Sorochan.

C Adam Edinger from Bowling Green was also released, which was a bit of a surprise.

Prospects C Justin Mapletoft (Red Deer-WHL) and D Adam Johnson (Tri-Cities-WHL), who both have a year of junior-eligibility remaining,
were returned to their junior teams.

Fifth round selection Dimitri Upper was returned to Russia.

Players who were farmed out to the minor leagues included: RW Petr Mika (Lowell- AHL), RW Trent Hunter (Springfield-AHL) and D Dan Trebil (Chicago-IHL).

The surprise move today was that Dmitri Nabokov was given permission to seek other opportunities
with the Islanders retaining his rights.

Nabokov was acquired from Chicago in an exchange for 1996 third overall selection Jean Pierre Dumont and from the early stages of this trade the fans were wondering if this player, who had the skills, also has the desire ?

Islanders ninth overall selection Mike Rupp re-entered the draft and was selected by New Jersey.