Michael Dal Colle, Joshua Ho-Sang and Oliver Wahlstrom headline the New York Islanders’ 2018 mini-camp roster.
On Monday, the New York Islanders released their mini camp roster, with a couple of surprises. The event begins with on and off-ice workouts and culminates with a public scrimmage.
Joshua Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle will return to the event for the fifth year. In addition, seven of the team’s eight 2018 draft picks will be in attendance at Northwell Health Ice Center in Nassau, New York.
Dal Colle was selected fifth overall in 2014, but only made his NHL debut this January, going pointless in four games. He has been tossed around in trade talks and has been decried a “draft bust” by some of the media. This is his final opportunity to silence his critics, as he is still an offensive talent who can do things with the puck that no other player has any business doing.
Ho-Sang was also a first round pick in 2014, but he has had multiple opportunities at the game’s highest level, with differing results. While he is considered an elite offensive talent, Ho-Sang has also come under scrutiny for his poor defensive play. He will need to fix that in order to make the Islanders roster next season.
Last week, Lou Lamoriello and company selected forward Oliver Wahlstrom (of childhood fame) and defenseman Noah Dobson in the first round of the draft. They will be joined by defensemen Bode Wilde and Christian Krygier, forwards Jake Pivonka and Blade Jenkins, and goaltender Jakub Skarek, as representatives of the class of 2018.
Notably, Russian goaltender Ilya Sorokin will not be in attendance. The 22-year-old is one of the elite prospects in the world, and comes in at number two in our annual prospect rankings. Linus Söderström, a Swedish netminder who will be signed an entry-level contract last year, comes in at number five.
Here’s the full list of attendees: