This is not Greg Mauldin's first go-around at the NHL level--he played six games for Columbus back in 2003-04--but tonight will be his Islanders debut.

Six years removed from his first  NHL game, Mauldin said he felt like he had a better idea of what to expect.

"I was only 21 years old then so I was still a little starstruck," said Mauldin, who had 24 goals and 27 assists in 74 games for Bridgeport this season.

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Mauldin said he'll serve whatever role the team needs to contribute.

"I just want to show people that I can play at this level. I can be a third or fourth-line energy guys, I can kill penalties, block shots, play 15 minutes or five minutes. I was just waiting for the opportunity and here it is."