The group was put through the usual drills and the goaltenders received some individualized attention during the practice. The rookies have been on the Island for the last four days now preparing for training camp, which begins later this week.
Only a handful of players have a chance of making the cut for the Islanders this season, the rest will be headed to Bridgeport, juniors or college. Joshua Ho-Sang likely fits into this category, barring an outstanding performance at camp, but he’s enjoyed the last few days of rookie camp.
"It’s good to see everybody and kind of get a feel for the NHL level again.” He said after practice. “It’s obviously a little bit different than junior and it’s great to get in the swing of things.”
Ho-Sang had a busy summer during the offseason. He was on Long Island/Brooklyn in July for mini camp and was invite to Team Canada’s world junior camp. He was one of five Islanders – Michael Dal Colle, Mitchell Vande Sompel, Mathew Barzal, and Anthony Beauvillier being the others – there.
“I just think it was good to open up some eyes at Hockey Canada,” Ho-Sang said about the experience. “Show them what I got, and what I’m willing to bring to the table. It was good to get an idea of what they want and it was also good just on the representation side from New York.
“Being there along with [Dal Colle] getting some blue and orange there and obviously it’s fun to be invited to those things. Having an opportunity to play and I’m really happy that things went pretty well.”
For anyone curious, below is the full roster for rookie camp:
Michael Dal Colle
Mitchell Vande Sompel