Catching up with a few of the Islanders in attendance for tonight's draft party, starting off with rookie goaltender Kevin Poulin, who returned to the ice last week for the first time since suffering a dislocated kneecap in warmups on Feb. 8.
"I was definitely a little nervous -- after five months, you wonder what it's going to be like back on the ice -- but it felt good, everything went good," he said. "The first time I was on with (goaltending coach) Mike Dunham, I just had a track suit and skates, but the last time I was in full gear, I went down to my knees, did some light glove work. It was good."
Poulin will return to Long Island in July with the team's prospects for the week-long camp and expects to be able to do some more work, though not full practice, by then. He also expects to be fully ready for training camp in September.
This was the second time Poulin's kneecap dislocated, so he said he's been trying to find a training regimen that strengthens the muscles around the knee to keep him from "using my knees too much, overworking them."
As for next season, he said he won't be disappointed to start the season in Bridgeport.
"Am I 100 percent ready to be an NHL starter? No, I don't think so," he said. "But my goal isn't to be a minor-league goaltender or a backup. My job in training camp is to make the coaches' choice a tough one, and I plan on doing that."