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First day of Isles rookie camp
Besides the conspicuous absence of prospect Kirill Kabanov (see earlier post), Isles rookie camp got off to a good start today with a rigorous two-hour session at IceWorks in Syosset today.
Among the notables on the ice today was Islanders first-round draft pick Nino Niederreiter, selected fifth overall in June.
Beyond the initial road bumps that comes with learning a new system, Niederreiter said he felt he had a pretty strong practice today.
"I'm just excited and happy to be here," said the Swiss native, who turned 18 last week.
Niederreiter said he wants to show the Islanders coaching staff he's "one of the better players on the ice" during rookie camp. He's also looking forward to facing off against Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin, who was taken three spots ahead of him at the draft in June, during this week's rookie games in Boston.
"He was taken 2nd and I was taken 5th," Niederreiter said. "I want to battle out there."
Coach Scott Gordon said Niederreiter looked pretty good on his first day, but that the individual evaluation will come later into camp.
"I just want them to get to a comfort level that they can carry over into the main training camp, and before that, to be able to play as a cohesive group in Boston."
Three new faces at camp: Alex O'Neil (Brampton), Justin Taylor (London) and Corey Syvret (Guelph) all were skating in addition to the usual cast of characters. If one of them has a particularly good game or two in Boston, they may receive a camp invite, but otherwise TC roster is pretty much set.
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