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by William Morrison on 09/12/11 at 01:56 PM ET
The New York Islanders rookie camp games against the Boston Bruins tonight and tomorrow night will be streaming live on newyorkislanders.com and MSG.com beginning at 7:00PM. Tonight’s game is closed to the public. Tickets for tomorrow night’s game can be purchased here for $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Islanders Children’s Foundation.
Head coach Jack Capuano named Mikko Koskinen the starter in goal tonight for the Isles. Koskinen is expected to play the full 60 minutes. Brent Thompson, head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders AHL affiliate, will be behind the bench tonight and will be joined by assistant coach Eric Boguniecki.
Today marks day three of the Islanders rookie camp. The lines have been the same for all three days and have been as follows:
Forwards: Rhett Rakhshani-David Ullstrom-Justin DiBenedetto; Nino Niederreiter-Ryan Strome-Tyler McNeely; Kirill Kabanov-Casey Cizikas-John Persson; Brett Gallant-Tony Romano-Mitchell Theoret
Defense Pairings: Mark Katic-Calvin de Haan; Matt Donovan-Aaron Ness; Andrey Pedan-Art Bidlevskii; Brenden Kichton-Benn Olson.
I expect that these will be the lines for both the Monday and Tuesday night games against Boston. I am most interested to see how Rhett Rakhshani plays with DiBenedetto and how Nino Niederreiter plays with Ryan Strome. I would like to see the defense pairings get moved around at least a little bit. I want to see de Haan play at least a few shifts with Donovan and Ness.
It’s great that these games will be streaming live and it will give Isles fans a glimpse into the bright future for this team. On Sunday, coach Jack Capuano tried to light some fire under the rookies and told them they needed to step up if they wanted to make the team. I’m sure that Niederreiter and de Haan will come out with a lot of energy tonight and will try to show the coaching staff why they deserve a spot on the NHL roster this season. I will also be particularly interested to see how Rhett Rakhshani plays in both games. Rakhshani has attended rookie camp three times and is surely poised to try to prove himself worthy of a spot on the NHL roster.
In other news, as most of you know, the New York Rangers named Ryan Callahan their captain today with Brad Richards and Marc Staal being named assistant captains. The Rangers had so many good, quality candidates to wear the A that I don’t think any of these were a surprise. Brandon Dubinsky and Dan Girardi could have easily worn an A this season and would have both been very well-deserving. I don’t think the Rangers naming a captain this early will have any effect on when the Isles name theirs. Look for the Islanders to name their new captain at the conclusion of training camp.
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