Apr 17, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Defense

The Islanders added a late piece to the defense, signing Dennis Seidenberg prior to the World Cup of Hockey final. Seidenberg is expected to be a depth signing similar to what Zidlicky was and Visnovsky before him.

However, as noted in a previous article, Seidenberg is going to be far more versatile than his predecessors. At age 35 he can still be a reliable defender should an injury occur or should a defender fall out of favor.

With both Barzal and Beauvillier making the team’s opening night roster, we will not see either Ryan Pulock or Adam Pelech. This is most definitely a temporary move to allow Barzal and Beauvillier to play their nine games in the NHL before going back to their respective junior clubs.

Whether they will stay will most likely depend on the impression they make while they’re with the club. It is expected that Beauvillier will stick around at this point and Barzal will go back down so that Pulock can come back and stay with the club. Time will tell, but that is the most likely scenario at this point.


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Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.