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Say this for Islanders hockey ops staffers: they did not sweep Kabanov's tardiness under the rug. The Russian winger was kept off the ice for the first day of camp. The easiest thing to do could have been to let it slide - and keep it out of the news - with a warning to Kabanov. Instead, the Islanders know they don’t have a perfect kid on their hands, which is why he was available in the third round in June.
Good on Garth Snow for putting the hammer down. Of the strikes (we learn about) on Kabanov's way to earning an Entry Level contract, let's see how many the kid gets.
Notes: Kirill Petrov is not here...Calvin de Haan (shoulder surgery) participated in all on-ice drills - often to the left of Travis Hamonic...While the prospects' practice began at 10:30 am, the veterans were planning to hit the main rink at Iceworks around 1:00 pm...The workouts are not open to the public.
Unlike many of his Bridgeport brethren, Matt Martin was not part of the rookie session. He has graduated to the big boy training camp...Scott Gordon is in his teaching element at the rookie camp. Commonly heard over the glass at Iceworks: "Faster," "You don't have all day with the puck," and "What's your job here"? (translation: what is a player's assignment on a particular play). Tony Dungy would be happy to know Gordon keeps it fairly clean.
Jon Sim, back with the team on a two-way deal, likes what he sees of his young teammates: "A lot of skill," said Sim. "The guys are ready to ramp it up a few notches."
Josh Bailey on his draft day in 2008: 6-0 ("about"), 185 pounds. Bailey now: 6-1 ("one and a half"), 200. "I wanted to put on more weight this summer," said Bailey. "I needed it to be more effective in the corners."