The Islanders Informer
by William Morrison on 09/28/11 at 03:30 PM ET
Last night, in a 2-0 loss to the Calgary Flames, Evgeni Nabokov played in his first game with the New York Islanders. Nabokov played 40 minutes and overall looked steady. It is expected that Nabokov will be rusty at least in the short-term due to being out of the NHL all of last season. Nabokov has never really been known for handling the puck, but that was one glaring area of weakness last night. There were a number of times when Nabokov misplayed the puck that almost resulted in Flames goals. On a positive note, Nabokov stopped 15 of 16 shots and looked pretty solid in net.
I know many people disagree with me, but I expect Nabokov to be given just as good a shot to start the season getting a lot of playing time as DiPietro and Montoya. I like what Nabokov has done in the NHL and what he can bring to this Islanders team. Sure, he will be rusty to start the season, but once he gets into a groove he can be a top-10 goalie in this league.
Earlier today, the Islanders placed five players on waivers-Ty Wishart, Dylan Reese, Tim Wallace, Trevor Frischmon, and Tomas Marcinko. The most surprising of these is obviously Ty Wishart. After being acquired for Dwayne Roloson last season and appearing in 20 games, Wishart recorded one goal and four assists. Wishart was given every opportunity to make the team out of training camp. Wishart has a lot of potential, but he simply didn’t perform well enough to start the season on the NHL roster. I thought Wishart played well at the end of last season, but he just didn’t show enough in camp. Steve Staios performing well so far in camp and being a savvy veteran certainly didn’t help Wishart’s chances. One necessary distinction to be made is that Ty Wishart required waivers, while some of the other defenseman such as Calvin de Haan and Matt Donovan do not. I will assume that Wishart being put on waivers almost certainly means that Steve Staios makes the team out of camp. If these five players clear waivers, they will begin the season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.
Ryan Strome finally got to play with linemates other than Jay Pandolfo and Tim Wallace last night and showed some glimpses of why he was selected 5th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Strome played on a line with Kirill Kabanov and it was certainly fun to watch. If both fill their potential, Strome and Kabanov could be linemates in the NHL for a long time. While Strome showed flashes of his speed and flashiness with the puck, he also showed that he needs to put on some weight before he is physically ready to play in the NHL.
Calvin de Haan was the most impressive player in my opinion last night. Any time that de Haan received a pass on the point, he looked to shoot the puck. De Haan seemed to always be looking to move the puck up the ice or fire it towards the net when he was in range. I like to see this in such a young, promising defenseman. Blake Comeau, not surprisingly, also had a very steady, productive game last night. Comeau looked fast and smooth with the puck and looks like he is poised to build on his solid season in 2010-2011.
The Islanders conclude their preseason slate with a game Friday night in Newark against the New Jersey Devils and a game Saturday night against the Boston Bruins in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
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