Mouillierat will make his NHL debut on Saturday when the Islanders take on the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. Islanders' head coach Jack Capuano confirmed that Mouillierat will play following the team's practice on Friday at Nassau Coliseum.
"Obviosuly were down at Casey and then with Grabovski hurt," Capuano explained. "[Mouillierat has] been playing well down there and he’s excited. He’s going to get his opportunity in Washington."
The 27-year-old has been having a banner year in AHL Bridgeport. He leads the Sound Tigers in goals with 18 through 51 games. In addition, he holds the the team lead in points with 40 on the year.
Mouillierat had a pretty simple explanation as to what earned him the call-up on Friday.
"I think just playing gritty game down there and try to be a good two-way forward," he said. "Obviously trying to put up some points when I’m put in those situations. Up here I doubt I’ll be getting the type of opportunities I was down there, but I’m just going to try and play a good two-way game and contribute any way I can."
When Mouillierat takes the ice on Saturday, he will likely do so along side a familiar face. It is expected that Mouillierat will play along side Colin McDonald. Capuano did not mention who Mouillierat would be playing along side, but both McDonald and Mouillierat said that was the plan.
"As far as I know," McDonald said when Islanders Point Blank asked if he was playing with Mouillierat. "You never know come game time, but I would assume yeah."
McDonald and Mouillierat have experience playing with one another from their time in Bridgeport and there appears to already be chemistry in place between the two.
"He’s a good player for me to play with because he’s good on the forecheck and goes and gets the puck," Mouillierat explained. "He gives me some room out there, so from what I hear we’re going to be playing together here tomorrow night. It’s nice to be familiar with him. We’re good buddies off the ice, but it should be a good experience for my first game."
Having played with the Isles' recall in Bridgeport, McDonald has plenty of confidence in Mouillierat. "I’m not really worried about him. I expect him to fit in just fine here," McDonald said.