Three Thoughts from The Islanders Prospect Scrimmage

Another year, another prospect scrimmage in the books. This year’s event, like last year’s, was headlined by young guns Josh Ho-Sang, Anthony Beauvillier, and Mathew Barzal. But it also brought some attention to lesser known players in the Islanders organization.

The following are three thoughts from this year’s prospect scrimmage.

3. The Islanders have depth on the blue line.

Mitch Vande Sompel, Parker Wotherspoon, Robin Salo, and Devon Toews really impressed me. Now keep in mind, this is just a scrimmage and the effort can sometimes be questioned. However, these four defensemen showed impressive talent.

Wow, I spelled Mitch wrong. Anyway he’s a dynamic offensive defenseman who showed his skating and puck-moving abilities during the showcase. Toews and Wotherspoon are similar to Vande Somple in their styles of play. While Salo is less offensive and more sound in his own zone. Again, it’s just a scrimmage but he showed off some physicality and good positioning.

2. Mathew Barzal is legit.

There was a reason why he was left out of all the trade talks between Joe Sakic and Garth Snow. This kid is good. Scary good. Watch him on this shift and you be the judge.

He’s a gifted play-maker with all the talent in the world. It’s just a matter of time until he starts dominating defensemen around the league.

1. Josh Ho-Sang isn’t a prospect anymore.

Have you ever played Mortal Kombat against someone who has no idea how to play? It’s kinda like watching Ho-Sang skate circles around these kids trying to prove themselves. I think Josh has placed out of this scrimmage, it’s just not fair.

He and Anthony Beauvillier are obvious NHL talent and should probably stop coming to these things. Although it does make them more enjoyable.

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