It was interesting to see veteran Kyle Okposo skating with Ryan Strome and Michael Dal Colle. Jaroslav Halak also trotted out his new mask for the upcoming year, so that was cool. One thing that was noticeable in group A, along with the rest of the players at camp, is the speed they have. Cory Conacher was a player whose speed stood out to me earlier, but as Tony Stabile of Hockey This Week pointed out most of the players are speedsters.
Travis Hamonic, who did not play where he wanted to last season, looked very focused on day two. It was easy to tell he wants to have better season this year.
Expect several stories later on today on goaltending, Travis Hamonic and a notebook round up of the first two days.
1:44: Group C was the second unit to take the ice today at the Coliseum.
The group was highlighted by John Tavares, Josh Ho-Sang, Matt Martin, Cal Clutterbuck, TJ Brennan, Calvin de Haan, and Brian Strait. Much like the previous group, the coaches put the players through an intense on-ice workout.
Just in case you weren't already aware, John Tavares is fully healthy and looks like his old self. The Islander captain said that his injury is behind him. "I'm just trying to get my rhythm back, get my timing back and get a lot of things I worked on this summer to translate on the ice," he said.
Also easily noticeable was the skill possessed by Ho-Sang. The prospect put his speed and puck handling on display on the ice during his session. He likely won't make the team, but he continues to show the coaches he will be a player to watch going forward.
The final group of the day (group A) takes the ice momentarily.
Uniondale, N.Y. -- Day two of camp kicked off with another early morning skate. This time it was group B that practiced first.
The line combinations and defensive pairings were the same as Day one, so nothing new to report on that front. Islander Coach Jack Capuano ran another fast paced practice as prior day. This camp has been pretty tough, I would say tougher than some camps in prior years.
Right now, there is nothing major to note from their spin on the ice. One stand out moment did occur during drills when Andrey Pedan prevented Cory Conacher from blowing by him -- pretty hard. Conacher's speed has been something that is very apparent after two days of camp.
More to come later.