06 October 2010
The Islanders narrowed it down to 23 players today with some surprising and not so surprising moves. On the not surprise side of today, the Isles sent Calvin De Haan back to the Oshawa Generals. De haan held his own over training camp but was not entirely ready for the level of competition in the NHL. While he may have not been fully developed this year expect this kid to be once again in the final running for a roster spot at next year's camp.
Remaining here on Long Island (for now) is Nino "El Nino" Niederreiter. Can't say I'm surprised, for most of camp the popular theory was that Niederreiter would play the first nine games and then the Islanders management would make a decision on whether or not he'll stay for the remainder of the season. Looks like that assumption was correct. Fans and media alike were wowed by El Nino during both Isles Mini Camp back in July and during training camp. So for now he will have another nine games to continue to impress fans, the media, and most importantly management.
One of the biggest surprises to me was the demotion of young forward Matt Martin. With Jon Sim at the open house last night I shouldn't have been to surprised, but can't help to wonder why Martin wasn't given a chance to start with the big club this year. Lord knows he's earned it. Getting to play 5 games on Long Island last season I was truly impressed by the kid, managing 2 assists/points in those 5 games. Not to mention his intensity on the ice, IE: his fights against Nate Thompson, Tyler Kennedy, and his willingness to lay out some retribution on Dion Phaneuf for his hit on Kyle Okposo from the preseason.
Hey that's just how I see it. Anyhow here is your 2010-2011 New York Islanders opening night lineup.
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