Prospect camp begins today, which means the first glimpse of the Islanders draft picks Nino Niederreiter, Brock Nelson, Kirill Kabanov, Jason Clark, Tony DeHart and Cody Rosen.
Just saw Josh Bailey at NVMC greeting the new guys...he's practically a seasoned veteran with these things now.
John Tavares is also expected to be here, so I'll check in with him a little later.
First group on the ice at 10 a.m.
Here are some quick hits from camp so far today:
-John Tavares, who suffered a fractured right foot at the Worlds this summer, is here sans walking boot. He's currently on the ice taking shots on the goalies along with Calvin de Haan and Mark Katic.
-Speaking of de Haan...he won't be on the ice with the rest of the prospects at camp this week, but he's been skating on his own.
-de Haan was also kind enough to give me a scouting report on one of his best friends and D partner, Tony deHart, who the Islanders drafted in the 5th round this year. "Great guy, great player, very underrated.
-Brock Nelson got off the ice after his first day and said he could definitely tell the difference in skill level from Minnesota high school hockey. Nelson was in good company today, skating between both Kirills--Kabanov and Petrov. "That was kind of cool playing between them and hearing them speak Russian to each other...but I didn't really know what they were saying.
--Kabanov actually spent about 10 minutes translating for Petrov with the media just now, which was pretty cool. Even though Kabanov poked fun of himself at the draft for being the worst student in his English class, he did really well interpretting for the rest of us dopes.. Petrov, via Kabanov, said he didn't get much ice time with Kazan of the KHL and would like to play in North America. Kabanov said the both of them will work really hard and try to "make it in the NHL as soon as they can."
--Meanwhile, it appears that Kabanov has an open door in Moncton. Kabanov said that Wildcats head coach Danny Flynn has already called him to see how camp is going and that he said Kabanov is welcome to come back. Kabanov said that is his first option, granted he does not make the Islanders team...