Goaltenders (2): Chris Osgood, Garth Snow
Defenders (7): Adrian Aucoin, Eric Cairns, Roman Hamrlik, Kenny Jonsson, Tomi Pettinen, Ray Schultz, Mattias Timander
Forwards (12): Arron Asham, Shawn Bates, Jason Blake, Trent Hunter, Brad Isbister, Oleg Kvasha, Claude Lapointe, Mark Parrish, Dave Scatchard, Steve Webb, Jason Wiemer, Alexei Yashin.
Peter Laviolette’s comments on the teams decisions:
“Eric, Justin and Raffi are going to be big parts of the New York Islanders in the future, and possibly the near future. They made these decisions very tough on us. It came down to finding the right combinations for now. This is a good problem for our franchise to have. We know that if we have some injuries or want to make some changes, there’s a bunch of prospects in Bridgeport knocking on the door.”
Some thoughts on the decisions:
Thru the summer this is exactly what most would have expected and the staff for the most part played it safe.
Considering the teams very-short preseason schdule many decisions were made on things done in Lake Placid and team practices over a short amount of time. I also think these kids gave some very young veterans a serious run for spots on what is a very deep roster and will be back sooner than later. Considering how the organization used to be in a position where prospects had to be rushed to have enough players, it really says a lot about how things have changed.
1. Asham has to clear waivers and has a low contract, someone may have taken him, maybe not. Still this is the only return for Czerkawski and this was a player Mike Milbury saw something in. He is going to have to produce from opening night or will not hold the spot long.
2. Trent Hunter’s playoff last season gave him the inside track and all summer it seemed his spot to lose. One article with Milbury’s quotes said he was not happy Hunter came into camp out of shape. Will also be under pressure to produce.
3. Mapletoft has only played center. Scatchard is best suited to play center. You take Mapletoft on the Islanders you cannot move him all over the ice. Where does he play when Peca returns and is this the best move for him right now ?
4. Eric Godard had no spot with Webb here, cannot carry both these players, even thought Godard has added some offensive upside to his game over the last season.
5. Raffi Torres is really the toughest decision because his potential talent is greater than Asham’s, who was moved to both wings in camp. Plus as a fifth pick Torres is who the Islanders are banking the most on.
Notables: Radek Martinek is reported out the first 2-3 weeks of the season.
Tomi Pettinen, who saw spot duty with Bridgeport late last season will be on the roster along with Ray Schultz, who was signed to a one-way NHL contract to play for the Islanders.