New York Islanders Player News: All Positions

News: Bailey is expected to see his first action of the preseason in one of the next three games, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Coach Barry Trotz knows what he has in Bailey and isn't in any rush to see him during meaningless preseason games. Keeping Bailey out of the lineup also allows Trotz to see how some of the Isles' prospects fare with true NHL forwards. The 29-year-old winger will once again be a big part of the second line for the Islanders in 2019-20.
News: Varlamov should man the crease versus Detroit on Friday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: The start would be the second of the season for Varlamov as he prepares to be the starting goaltender for the Islanders this season. Varlamov is expected to play in the neighborhood of 50 games this year if he can stay healthy. That's easier said than done of course as health has been a problem for Varlamov over the past couple of campaigns. The Islanders boasted a much-improved defense last season under head coach Barry Trotz and that defense should only improve in their second season in his system and Varlamov may be the primary beneficiary of this improvement.
News: Eberle scored his first goal of the preseason Tuesday as the Islanders defeated the Flyers 3-2 in overtime.
Impact: Eberle may be the key to any success the Islanders have this season, as they are looking for goal scoring and Eberle seemed to find his missing scoring touch in the postseason last year. Eberle was a free agent but elected to come back to the Isles with a five-year, $27.5 million contract. He is expected to play on the top line with Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee, but that will only last if he produces, something that hasn't always occurred in his first couple of seasons with the Islanders.
News: Martin didn't play in the second half of the Islanders' home-and-home preseason series with the Flyers.
Impact: Coach Barry Trotz had stated the no skater would play in both games, so this was to be expected. Martin is expected to once again open the season on the fourth line for the Isles with Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas.
News: Greiss will start in net for Tuesday's exhibition game versus the Flyers, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: The 33-year-old netminder was impressive in a 1B role behind Robin Lehner last year, registering a .927 save percentage and 2.28 GAA in 43 games. Lehner didn't re-sign with the Islanders, so Greiss will battle Semyon Varlamov for the starter's job out of camp, starting in Tuesday's contest.
News: Fritz (hand) will play in Tuesday's preseason clash with the Flyers, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Fritz is a long shot to make the 23-man roster, but another 35-plus point campaign in the minors should put him atop the lists of potential call-ups later in the year. In eight games last year, the winger notched one assist, six shots and 18 hits while averaging 10:49 of ice time and would likely see similar usage should he crack the Isles' lineup.
News: Kuhnhackl (lower body) skated with several other Islanders who weren't going to play Monday versus the Flyers, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Kuhnhackl is also unlikely to play Tuesday on Long Island when the Islanders finish off their home-and-home exhibition series versus the Flyers. The injury was never considered to be serious and Kuhnhackl should be good to go when the Islanders return to practice Wednesday.
News: Clutterbuck is not expected to play in the Islanders' first exhibition game Monday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Clutterbuck hasn't suffered any setbacks after having offseason back surgery. The Islanders just want to ease him back into competition and don't see any reason to play him so early in the preseason. Clutterbuck should play at some point before the regular season begins and is expected to skate on his regular line with Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas.
News: Holmstrom (foot) participated in his first training camp practice Sunday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Holmstrom had been dealing with the foot injury since blocking a shot while playing in Sweden. The injury forced him to miss all of rookie camp and the first couple of days of training camp. Holmstrom will look to impress the coaching staff and hope they will want to give him a look to open the season, but it's expected that he will return to play in Sweden this year.
News: Holmstrom (foot) has started to skate on his own Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Holmstrom missed rookie camp and now the first two days of training camp after blocking a puck with his foot in Sweden. Coach Barry Trotz believes Holmstrom should be able to return to practice in the very near future. Holmstrom is expected to return to Sweden to play this season once his time at training camp has come to an end.
News: Kuhnhackl (undisclosed) has yet to participate in training camp, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Coach Barry Trotz has stated that Kuhnhackl shouldn't miss more than another day or two and that the injury isn't anything to be concerned about. Once healthy Kuhnhackl is expected to compete for a starting job on either the second or third-line for the Islanders.
News: Boychuk (foot) feels completely healthy going into camp, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Boychuk missed the Islanders' last playoff series after blocking a shot with his foot in the first round, but Gross reports that Boychuk required a few treatments and physical therapy sessions but then managed to go through his usual summer workout routine. New York will be happy to have the oft-injured 35-year-old at full health to open the season.
News: Coach Barry Trotz said Vande Sompel (arm) will be out for a while, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Although there was no specific timeline, it appears Vande Sompel will likely miss a good chunk of preseason. He was expected to start the season with AHL Bridgeport, and if he can't play in preseason, then that's where he'll start the year once healthy.
News: Vande Sompel (arm/hand) did not skate Saturday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: The 22-year-old left Friday's practice after suffering an injury to his right arm. It remains to be seen how severe Vande Sompel's injury is, but head coach Barry Trotz -- when asked about the youngster's status moving forward -- said he expects the defenseman to be out awhile.
News: Carpenter (shoulder) won't be available for the Islanders' training camp, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Carpenter is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and the Islanders have yet to release any details regarding a potential timetable for his recovery aside from the fact that he'll be sidelined for the entirety of training camp. Once healthy, the 23-year-old will report to AHL Bridgeport.
News: Ho-Sang believes he can be an asset to the Islanders if he were to earn a spot on the team out of training camp, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Ho-Sang has had several stints with the Islanders over the past two regimes, but the same problems always seem to occur. The first issue has been his maturity level, which has improved since he was a rookie, but the second issue -- his play in the defensive end -- still shows up from time to time. The Islanders need offense, and Ho-Sang is a gifted skater who can provide it, but coach Barry Trotz insists on defense first and isn't going to allow Ho-Sang to freelance on the ice. If Ho-Sang can prove to Trotz that he has matured and that he will play as hard in the defensive zone as he does on offense, he could earn a spot on the second or third line coming out of camp.
News: Ladd (knee) will start the 2019-20 season on injured reserve, Brian Compton of reports.
Impact: The news doesn't come as a surprise considering Ladd wasn't expected to be ready for Opening Night against Washington on Oct. 4. The team has been adamant it won't rush the winger back onto the ice until he is 100 percent. With Ladd unavailable, a spot in the lineup will be up for grabs, with Josh Ho-Sang, Tom Kuhnhackl and Ross Johnston all potential replacements.
News: Sbisa -- who started training camp in 2018 on a PTO -- is once again joining the Islanders on a professional tryout agreement, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Sbisa was able to quickly earn a contract from New York last season, but played in a mere nine games in which he tallied one assist, five shots and 17 hits. If the blueliner is able to secure a permanent deal from the club, he will likely see similar usage as the seventh or eighth defenseman. Youngster Noah Dobson will no doubt be gunning for Sbisa's roster spot during camp.
News: Koivula has been moved to center this season, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Center is a position of weakness throughout the organization for the Islanders so they have moved Koivula for the time being. A rash of injuries could always change their plans, however. This is not bad news for Koivula because if he can excel at center, his path to the Islanders could be much quicker. Koivula impressed the Isles with 21 goals and 46 points for AHL Bridgeport last season. At 6-foot-4 and 230 lbs, Koivula is a big body, and not one necessarily built to play center, but there were no problems last year. Koivula will likely begin the year with Bridgeport once again, but he should debut with the Isles at some point this season.
News: Holmstrom (soreness) still hasn't participated in rookie camp, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: There is no word yet to the severity of the injury or what body part is injured, but it's not considered to be serious in any case. Holmstrom was a surprise pick for the Islanders at 23rd overall in this year's draft, but he still has a long way to go before playing for the club. The Islanders are searching for offense, something they hope Holmstrom will provide sooner rather than later.
News: Aho is likely to begin this season with Bridgeport of the AHL, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Aho had nine goals and 46 points in 67 games with Bridgeport last season. During rookie camp this year he has been paired with the top prospect for the Isles, Noah Dobson. The Islanders have little to no room at the blue line for Aho with seven returning defenders from last season and Dobson ahead of him on the depth chart. Aho would likely need a trade and/or an injury or two to open up roster space for him to make the team out of camp.
News: Ladd (knee) is not expected to be ready to start the season with the Islanders, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Ladd had three goals and 11 points in only 26 games last season, so it's not like the Isles will miss his production. Ladd has been a bust almost as soon as he signed his seven-year, $38.5 million contract with the Isles in July of 2016. Once he is deemed healthy he will compete for a top-nine forward spot with the team.
News: Dobson will be in contention for a spot on the Islanders' 2019-20 Opening Night roster, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dobson spent the 2018-19 campaign in the QMJHL, racking up 15 goals and 52 points in 56 games split between the Titan and Huskies. The 2018 first-round pick appears to be NHL ready, but the Islanders currently have a logjam at defense, so he'll have to have a highly impressive showing at training camp in order to earn a spot on the big club's roster. Dobson's outlook for the 2019-20 season will become clearer once New York's camp gets underway next Friday.
News: Fritz is expected to begin the season with Bridgeport of the AHL, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Fritz had a pretty good shot to make the team as the third-line center until Derrick Brassard was added to the roster in late August. The 28-year-old has only notched three goals in 42 games over the last two seasons with the Islanders, but he'll likely be one of the first call-ups for the team when injuries arise.
News: Dobson is unlikely to start the season with the Islanders, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dobson is the top defensive prospect for New York and is probably ready to play in the NHL, but unless the Islanders make a trade or there's an injury in training camp, the fact remains that they already have seven NHL-caliber defenders in camp. Under contract for the Isles are Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Adam Pelech, Scott Mayfield and Devon Toews. That means one of those players will have to be a healthy scratch for every game, and if the team were to add Dobson, two would have to watch from the press box on a nightly basis. There have been rumors for several months that Leddy could be moved via trade. That would not only free up a roster spot, but also alleviate some salary cap issues for the Isles. However, at the moment nothing seems to be close. Dobson could force the issue with a lights out training camp, but in the end, he seems ticketed to begin the season with AHL Bridgeport.
News: Pulock could be the next Islanders player to receive a significant contract extension, Arthur Staple of the Athletic reports.
Impact: Pulock had his best season to date for the Isles last year, posting nine goals, 28 assists and a plus-21 rating in 82 games. Like most of the other defensemen on the Isles, Pulock excelled under the leadership of coach Barry Trotz. The 24-year-old may not be a top fantasy defender, but he has decent offensive upside, and you could certainly do worse in the late rounds of your draft.
News: Dal Colle finally feels like he is deserving of a regular job in the NHL, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dal Colle was the fifth overall pick for the Isles in the 2014 NHL draft, but he's had a slow ascent to the big league. The 23-year-old has only played 32 NHL games, but he's finally feeling confident that he belongs with the big club. Dal Colle will have to prove to coach Barry Trotz that he deserves to start on a nightly basis, and that won't be easy, as he'll be battling several other players for a spot in New York's bottom-six. Dal Colle may get the first shot at a third-line role this season, but a slow start will likely see him back with AHL Bridgeport.
News: Lee stated Friday how relieved he is to have signed a long-term contract with the Islanders, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Lee signed a seven-year, $49 million contract with the Islanders in July. The goal totals took a dip for Lee last season, as he no longer had the luxury of playing with the departed John Tavares. However, the 29-year-old pivot is expected to open the season on the top line with Matthew Barzal where his job will be to park his big frame in front of the opposing goaltender to tip in shots and slam home rebounds. Lee should once again approach the 30-goal mark this season.
News: Clutterbuck has "no issues" with his back ahead of training camp, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Clutterbuck underwent back surgery in May, but he's been skating since mid-August and participated in an on-ice training session with teammates Friday, so he should be ready to roll when New York's training camp gets underway next week. The 31-year-old winger, who notched eight goals and 23 points in 73 games last campaign, will slot into his usual bottom-six role for the Islanders this season.
News: Barzal and the Islanders have yet to begin talks on a new contract, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Barzal is finishing off his entry-level contract and could be in line for a multi-year deal that approaches an annual average value north of $9 million per season. Barzal had 22 goals and 85 points in his first full NHL season in 2017-18, but those numbers fell to 18 and 44 last season. Part of that reason for that decline is likely due to the departure of John Tavares and the extra defensive attention that Barzal had to face. The problem for Barzal is that in order for him to justify the kind of contract that he is going to likely demand, he will need to prove that he can be a player who produces no matter who else is on the team, and not only when he is playing second fiddle to another superstar.
News: Wilde is currently wearing a walking boot due to a sprained ankle, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: The Islanders' prospect training camp begins Wednesday, so it appears that Wilde likely won't be able to participate in the three-day affair. The 2018 second-round pick will hope to recover in time for New York's main training camp, which will get underway on Sept. 13.
News: Beauvillier secured a two-year, $4.2 million contract from the Islanders on Wednesday.
Impact: Beauvillier came up just short of hitting the 20-goal mark last season (18), but managed to set career highs in games played (81), shots (156) and ice time per game (14:39). Despite an uptick in minutes on the power play, the 22-year-old tallied just two points with the man advantage. The winger is far from a lock for a top-six role, especially following the addition of Derick Brassard and the expected emergence of Josh Ho-Sang, which makes Beauvillier a riskier fantasy play.
News: Brassard agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Islanders on Wednesday, Jon Lane of reports.
Impact: Brassard wasn't highly touted during free agency, after he posted just 23 points -- his lowest output of his career -- during the 2019 campaign. The fact that the 31-year-old was shifted between three teams last season should shoulder some of that blame, as he will look to get back to his usual self with one team. Brassard gets added to an already potent forward group, with the opportunity to rack up extra points if he can work his way onto the power play.
News: Dal Colle signed a two-year contract with the Islanders on Monday.
Impact: Dal Colle notched three goals and seven points in 28 games last season as a rookie. The 23-year-old was drafted fifth overall in 2014 and certainly hasn't lived up to that status yet with just 32 career NHL games played. Expect Dal Colle to skate in a bottom-six role this season when he's not a healthy scratch.
News: Ho-Sang signed a one-year deal with the Islanders on Monday.
Impact: Drafted 28th overall in 2014, Ho-Sang hasn't found his groove at the NHL level yet, scoring just 24 points in 53 career games with the big club. On the bright side, he tallied an AHL career-high 43 points last season. For now, it appears the 23-year-old will split time between the NHL and AHL levels again this season.
News: Clutterbuck (back) has resumed skating and will be monitored heading into training camp, Brian Compton of reports.
Impact: Clutterbuck underwent offseason surgery in order to get himself fully fit heading into the 2019-20 campaign. The winger won't be guaranteed a spot in the lineup for Opening Night against Washington on Oct. 4, especially with the emergence of Ross Johnston and Tanner Fritz, though he should still have an inside track.
News: Ladd (knee) is skating in the lead-up to training camp and will be eased back into action, Brian Compton of reports.
Impact: Ladd -- who suffered a torn ACL in March -- figures to take on a bottom-six role, but could be in line for power-play minutes. In limited action last year (26 games), the winger notched three goals, eight helpers and 34 shots. If he can stay healthy, the veteran is capable of pushing for the 40-point mark.
News: Holmstrom signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Islanders on Monday.
Impact: The Islanders selected Holmstrom with the 23rd overall pick in this year's draft. The 18-year-old forward spent most of the 2018-19 campaign with HV71's J20 squad in Sweden's SuperElit league, racking up seven goals and 20 points in 21 games. Holmstrom may get an invite to New York's training camp, but he's fully expected to return to his native Sweden for the 2019-20 season, so he's probably at least a few years away from getting his first taste of NHL action.
News: Coreau agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders on Thursday, CapFriendly reports.
Impact: Once considered the netminder of the future in Detroit, Coreau has struggled to secure regular opportunities in the NHL. The 27-year-old made 21 appearances for the Red Wings, the last of which came during the 2017-18 campaign. With Semyon Varlamov joining the organization, Coreau figures to spend the year in the minors, but should top the list of call-ups should his services be needed on Long Island.
News: Bardreau has signed a two-year contract with the Islanders, according to TSN's NHL Transactions page.
Impact: Bardreau is unlikely to see any time at the NHL level. The Cornell product has topped out at 30 points at the AHL level, reaching that threshold twice in five seasons with AHL Lehigh Valley.
News: Varlamov signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Islanders on Monday.
Impact: Varlamov had spent the last eight seasons with the Avalanche, compiling a 183-156-38 record with a .915 save percentage and 2.72 GAA. The team turned to Philipp Grubauer in the postseason last year. The Islanders lost Robin Lehner to Chicago, so Varlamov is expected to step in as the co-No. 1 goaltender right off the bat with new teammate Thomas Greiss.
News: Lee signed a new seven-year, $49 million contract with the Islanders on Monday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: Lee was one of the biggest names remaining in the free agency pool at the time of this writing -- several hours after goalie Sergei Bobrovsky signed with Panthers and stud forward Artemi Panarin announced he'd be taking his talents to the Big Apple. But given that Lee is the captain of the Islanders, it's not all that surprising that he's staying put. The Minnesota native produced 28 goals and 23 assists to complement a plus-20 rating last season -- without the help of John Tavares, mind you -- and he should continue hovering around three minutes of power-play time per game. Lee is a step below the elite class of forwards, but you could do much worse than drafting him as a No. 2 for your fantasy squad this fall.
News: Kuhnackl signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Islanders on Saturday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Kuhnackl was in and out of the lineup through the 2018-19 campaign, ultimately dressing for a career-low 36 contests. While slightly elevated ice time led to a near doubling of his point rate last season, he still hasn't reached the point of widespread fantasy relevance.
News: The Islanders didn't send Stevens a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Stevens hasn't been able to crack the Islanders' lineup since turning pro in 2016-17, so this move isn't surprising. He'll be looking to land a two-way contract with a new club this offseason.
News: The Islanders extended Ho-Sang a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Ho-Sang hardly did anything with the big club in 2018-19, notching two points in 10 games, but he was productive during his time in the minors, racking up eight goals and 43 points in 56 contests. He'll get an opportunity to secure a spot on the Islanders' Opening Night roster during training camp, but it wouldn't be surprising if the 2014 first-round pick is once again stuck in the minors for most of the upcoming campaign.
News: The Islanders extended Dal Colle a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Dal Colle was decent in limited action with the big club this season, tallying three goals and seven points in 28 games, but he was highly productive while skating with AHL Bridgeport, racking up 18 goals and 34 points in 34 appearances. The 2014 first-round pick will likely once again split time between the AHL and NHL in 2019-20.
News: Beauviller received a qualifying offer from the Islanders on Tuesday.
Impact: Beauvillier has developed into a dependable bottom-six option during his first three seasons with the Islanders, notching 65 goals and 132 points in 279 games. The 22-year-old winger will step into a similar, if not identical, role in 2019-20.
News: Soderstrom (shoulder) was in attendance for the Islanders' prospect camp Tuesday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Soderstrom -- who missed the entire 2018-19 campaign due to a shoulder injury -- will likely spend the year with AHL Bridgeport, where he will have an opportunity to earn the No. 1 job with the Sound Tigers. Drafted by New York in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft, the 22-year-old has yet to get a taste of North American hockey, but could be a solid future prospect if he continues to develop.