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Could Changes be Coming to Isles Defense?

Jack Capuano wasn’t mincing his words after Tuesday’s 3-2 loss at home to the New York Rangers. Capuano spent most of his one minute and 24 second post-game press conference calling out his team’s defense and even hinted at a possible call up happening.

“Think about calling up a guy and putting him in the lineup. I don’t know,” Capuano said, when asked about what can be done to prevent defensive mistakes. “Same mistakes can’t happen. We only have six of them back there.”

The Islanders defense struggled for most of the game. Several defensive breakdowns throughout the game and sloppy play in their own end cost the Islanders in the end.

“Our D have to play better. That’s the bottom line tonight,” Capuano commented. “We need to win more wall battles as our forwards, but our defense has to find a way to play better.”

Now it’s unclear if the Islanders will make a call up in response to last night’s game, but the team has suffered with two injuries on the back end. The Islanders have been without Lubomir visnovsky and Brian Strait due to injuries.

Both Andrew MacDonald and Travis Hamonic have stepped up in their place. Tuesday night MacDonald logged 26:55 of total ice time, which led the team in ice time, and Travis Hamonic played 24:18.

The most likely Bridgeport Sound Tiger to get a call up, should one happen, would be Calvin de Haan, Aaron Ness, or Joe Finely, who was sent down on waivers in September.


Isles Release Rookie Camp Roster

Via Islanders press release:

The New York Islanders have announced the roster for their 2013 Rookie Camp, beginning today at Nassau Coliseum. The 31-player roster is comprised of 13 forwards, 15 defensemen, and three goaltenders. Of those players, 21 are Islanders draft picks (indicated in bold).

Rookie Camp will run through Tuesday, Sept. 10 with Islanders Main Camp set to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 11.


Clark, Jason                                      6’2                           202 lbs.

Crus Rydberg, Victor                                      5’11                                 186 lbs.

Diamond, Joe                                                    5’8                            172 lbs.

Halmo, Mike                                                       5’11                                     196 lbs.

Kabanov, Kirill                                   6’3                        196 lbs.

Lee, Anders                                      6’3                          219 lbs.

Miller, Greg                                                        6’0                          187 lbs.         

Nelson, Brock                                              6’4                       200 lbs.

Persson, John                                               6’2                                     219 lbs.

Quine, Alan                                         5’11                       190 lbs.

Strome, Ryan                                                  6’1                         188 lbs.

Sundstrom, Johan                           6’3                           196 lbs.

Wetmore, Riley                                              6’0                               195 lbs.



Burroughs, Kyle                              5’11                              184 lbs.

Cantin, Marc                                                   6’1                              205 lbs.

Dalhuisen, Mike                                        6’2                                    231 lbs.        

de Haan, Calvin                                6’1                          187 lbs.

Donovan, Matt                                  6’1                           198 lbs.

Graham, Jesse                                              5’11                         168 lbs.

Jackson, Dallas                                                                                   6’2                        198 lbs.

Keenan, Mike                                                     6’0                           180 lbs.

Leduc, Loic                                       6’6                           213 lbs.

Mayfield, Scott                                 6’5                           206 lbs.

Ness, Aaron                                      5’10                          181 lbs.

Pedan, Andrey                                  6’3                            208 lbs.

Pelech, Adam                                               6’3                            211 lbs.

Pulock, Ryan                                                6’1                            214 lbs.

Reinhart, Griffin                              6’5                            205 lbs.



Milner, Parker                                                   6’0                               184 lbs.

Nilsson, Anders                               6’5                             227 lbs.

Reiter, Ken                                                        5’10                            173 lbs.