The futures of William Dufour and Aatu Räty on Lengthy Island are very a lot that — sooner or later. Neither of the Islanders’ high two prospects is more likely to earn a spot with the NHL membership out of coaching camp, however there was a short glimpse of what that future may carry on Tuesday evening.
At 8:04 within the first interval on an evening that late went south for the Islanders, Dufour noticed Nikita Soshnikov nicely up the ice and let free an ideal go to the Russian. Soshnikov proceeded to go high shelf on Vitek Vanecek.
The Islanders went on to lose to the Devils 4-1 in a recreation by which only a few issues regarded good. However that play stood out.
“I’ve waited for that for 2 years, two and a half years,” Dufour stated. “So it’s simply good to play my first NHL recreation.”
Dufour, who skated with Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin, completed the evening with one shot in 14:31 of ice time.
“He’s an enormous physique that strikes very well,” Cizikas stated of Dufour forward of the match at Prudential Middle in Newark. “He has shot. He proved that in junior and he’s gonna do this right here tonight. Marty and I, we’re gonna assist him on the market. We’re gonna inform him play your recreation, do the stuff you’re able to.”
The task with two members of the Id Line is intriguing for a participant whose calling card on the junior stage was scoring. The 6-foot-3 Dufour racked up 56 targets and 60 assists with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Canine final yr, however the conventional position of the Cizikas line is to grind, play bodily and get on the forecheck. Coach Lane Lambert stated it was too early to say whether or not that can be Dufour’s eventual recreation on the NHL stage.
“He performed nicely,” Lambert stated. “He made an excellent go on the primary objective. I assumed he moved fairly nicely, used his physique and he made some performs.”
Following two straight 4-1 losses to open the preseason, Lambert admitted the Islanders have a protracted method to go.
“We’ve obtained work to do,” he stated. “There’s no query about it.”
Ilya Sorokin stopped 9 of 12 pictures earlier than Cory Schneider took over in web throughout the second interval.
Otto Koivula and Collin Adams skated on their very own Tuesday. Samuel Bolduc and Isaiah George continued to be held out of actions.