With opening night coming up, the Islanders made a lot of roster moves today in order to reach their 23 man roster. Some were surprising, some weren’t, we will take a look at everything they did today.
Scott Mayfield signed a one-way deal over the summer and it looked like he would be the seventh defenseman for the Islanders this season. Today the Islanders placed Scott Mayfield on waivers. About a week ago the Islanders signed veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg who will most likely take over the seventh defenseman role. If Scott Mayfield does clear waivers, he will head to Bridgeport. The 23 year old has played in 200 games with the Sound Tigers registering nine goals and 35 assists. In 11 NHL regular-season games and two Stanley Cup Playoff games, Mayfield has one goal. It will be interesting to see if he clears waivers or not.
The Islanders have released three players from their professional tryout contracts (PTOs). One of them is Steve Bernier. Bernier played in 24 games last year having one goal and five assists with the Isles. He played well during the preseason including a two point game against the Devils but the Islanders currently have a lot of players on one-way deals and prospects pushing to make the team for him to get a contract. The other two to be released from their PTOs are Colin Markison and Tanner Fritz. Despite being released from their PTOs, they got AHL contracts and will play for the Sound Tigers. Stephen Gionta is still on his PTO and can’t be released until healthy, as per Arthur Staple it is believed that he might have a broken foot. He doesn’t count as a player on the roster though.
Sent Down to Bridgeport:
The Islanders sent down nine players to Bridgeport. Those players are Ross Johnston, Michael Dal Colle, Josh Ho-Sang, Devon Toews, Kyle Burroughs, Matt Finn, Jesse Graham, and goaltenders Christopher Gibson and Stephon Williams.
So What’s Next?:
The Islanders have 16 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 3 goaltenders on their current roster and need to get to 23 players. One of the defensemen is Adam Pelech. He has been impressive but is on a two-way deal and will most likely start off in Bridgeport. Eric Boulton is also on a two-way deal and it is likely that he will head there as well. Arthur Staple also said that Prince’s injury could lead to him going on the IR. Do Mathew Barzal and or Anthony Beauvillier make the lineup or at least get a nine game tryout?