The first day of camp saw Dal Colle and Barzal skate on the same line, with Sebastian Collberg rounding out the unit. Both Dal Colle and Barzal are expected to be impact players with the Islanders, but the two began the week-long camp at much different points in their hockey careers.
Dal Colle has been here before and knows what to expect. The fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft was at last year's camp, which was held at Nassau Coliseum, so he was much more comfortable when he hit the ice this year.
"I think I'm more confident than last year," he said. "It was right after I was drafted, so I didn't know what to expect. Coming from the experience last year, I know what to expect this year. I feel like I'm more confident on and off the ice, and around the facilities here."
Dal Colle's 2014-15 campaign likely helped that confidence as well. He had 41 goals and 56 assists during the regular season and the Oshawa Generals captured the Memorial Cup in a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over the Kelowana Rockets. Dal Colle called it "one of the best moments" of his life.
Now the 19-year-old's attention is on making it to the pro level. Dal Colle believes he has gotten stronger since the last time he was at camp. It is something he has focused on, along with working on his skating. "I want to get faster," he said.
Minicamp is not where decisions regarding the opening night roster are made, but Dal Colle wants to make an impression with head coach Jack Capuano and the rest of the coaching staff. "This is just the first step heading into the main camp," Dal Colle said.
Barzal's goal is a little bit different. He certainly wants to make an impression with the Islanders, but his focus during this camp is to learn from some of the other players in the locker room who have pro experience.
"There's a lot of guys with pro experience here and they play the game at a fast pace. They play the game right," Barzal said. "So if I can pick up a few things from them I've had a good camp."
Barzal, along with the other prospects at this year's camp, was not given a directive by the Islanders about what they wanted to see. "They just told everybody... just work hard and be yourself," he said.
Dal Colle and Barzal have four more days of camp to make impressions and soak in everything they can.