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Gudbranson and Gormley to visit LI Friday; date for Connolly expected soon

 With no more Stanley Cup Finals action to satiate your hockey needs (one of the more surreal finishes to a series, by the way), the dearth of Islanders news is sure to be even more aggravating.

Rest assured, however, that things will heat up soon in the weeks leading up to the draft.

Until then, the most relevant news on the Island now is that OHL d-men Erik Gudbranson (Kingston) and Brandon Gormley (Moncton) will be visiting Uniondale tomorrow.

Also, a date is expected soon for winger Brett Connolly (Prince George) to make his visit. Connolly's agent Gerry Johannson said he plans to make arrangements with the Islanders this week.

And as for his client's bill of health, Johannson said Connolly received the green light after a visit to his Vancouver-based specialist last week.

"He's 100% clear," Johannson said. "There is no gray area there."

"He's healthy. The injury was never that complicated. From what the doctors told me, and this has been proven in the rehab process as well, is that it's a fairly common one for someone young or physically immature that is a highly-active guy."

Johannson said he has no doubts about Connolly's potential.

"I'm 1000% confident in his abilities," he said. "He's a really, really high-end player. Had he been healthy all year, he could have easily challenged for that No. 1 spot. He's that caliber of a player."

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