Please keep this in mind:
Butch Goring will not hesitate to bench any player on this team who is not giving every bit of effort at all times when they are playing.
That used to be the definition of Islander hockey when Goring played here under Al Arbour and anyone who does not play that way will not be here very long.
Islanders by the numbers entering training camp:
Played on last years team-*
1. Rick DiPietro
30. Wade Flaherty*
34. John Vanbiesbrouck
35. Stephen Valiquette*
40. Mike D’Alessandro
55. David St. Germain
Comments: It’s Beezer’s job to lose and Di Pietro’s job to win. Di Pietro is a star in the making with fantastic quickness, great recovery, a sharp glove and ability to handle the puck.
Beezer will get the start in the teams preseason opener against Philadelphia and based on early reports in camp, is looking like the number one goaltender and is thrilled with being a mentor for Di Pietro. All the goaltenders have looked solid in camp so far, and St Germain has stood out in scrimmages.
Questions: Beezer is not going to be able to hold up this team on his own, and if Di Pietro does not make the team in some capacity Wade Flaherty or Steven Valiquette have to give this team 25-30 games. One goalie who’s season ended with a shoulder injury and is a journeyman and another who had some standout performances in a late season call up.