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The Islanders kick off their annual team mini camp on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum. The week long camp will feature 48 Islander prospects and camp invitees. Here are five player to keep an eye on this week.

Michael Dal Colle:?The 2014 fifth overall draft pick will take his first spin on the Coliseum ice in an Islander uniform. Dal Colle was the consensus choice for the Isles to take at five. He is still at least a year away from making the jump to the NHL, but Dal Colle will be a big part of the Islanders offense in the future. During his 2013-14 OHL season with the Oshawa generals he scored 39 goals and 56 points in 67 games. His big size and stickhandling ability make him a threat in the offensive zone. It will be interesting to see that on display at mini camp, especially during Thursday night's Blue and White Scrimmage. Dal Colle has been pegged as a potential winger of the future to play alongside John Tavares.


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Last week we took a look at how the Islanders almost ended up with three defenders at Canada's World Junior Training Camp: Griffin Reinhart, Ryan Pulock and the injured Adam Pelech. The Islanders have another defender making an impact on the International hockey scene, and that's Finland's Ville Pokka.

Pokka was a second round pick in 2012 and stayed in Finland to play for Karpat this past season. He's one of Finland's best U-20 defenders, as he has been part of their top pairing in some recent exhibition games. Pokka scored the overtime game winner against the US in a scrimmage on Sunday in Lake Placid. He was paired up with Olli Maatta -- Pittsburgh's first round pick in 2012 -- as Finland's top unit.

If you're keeping score, that's three defenders the Islanders have playing important roles for their country plus an injured Adam Pelech, who otherwise would have been in the mix as well.

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Earlier today at the World Juniors, Ville Pokka's Team Finland lit up Germany for eight unanswered goals. Pokka was a large part of it, notching two goals and a +5 rating in the game. You can skip ahead through the first couple minutes of the video below to find Pokka's goals. He's #12 with the visor.

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We missed it earlier in the week, but Ryan Strome picked up another goal for Canada against the US on Sunday. Next up for Canada is another game against the US tomorrow morning at 4 AM ET. Finland takes on Slovakia Friday at 8 AM in their next game. For full schedules and standings, check out TSN.

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This morning at the World Junior Championship, the Canadians had a minor scare after they found themselves in a 2-0 hole early against Slovakia. With two goals from Ryan Strome (hockey news cover, right) the Canadians roared back to score four times in the second and twice in the third for a 6-3 win.

Also of note were the Canadians getting two game misconducts for hits on Slovakia players. The second, when Anthony Camara lit up Patrik Luza, looked like an especially painful shoulder-to-head hit.

In other Isles news, Griffin Reinhart picked up an assist as did Ville Pokka, although Pokka's Finns lost 3-1 to the Czechs.

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Early this morning the World Junior Championships kicked off in Ufa, Russia. Yes, actual hockey was played with actual current and future NHLers participating. The Islanders have three representatives in the WJCs; top draft picks Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart are skating for team Canada -- apparently doing their best impressions of the bad guys from Mighty Ducks -- while 2012 second round pick Ville Pokka is on the Finnish team.

All three players participated in the opening games today and racked up some points. Ryan Strome had a goal and two helpers and was +3 in Team Canada's 9-3 rout of Germany. Strome was centering a line with Jonathan Drouin (draft eligible in '13) and Brett Ritchie (2nd round to Dallas in 2011). Griffin Reinhart didn't get on the score sheet. As for Pokka, he had an assist and was +1 in Finland's 5-1 win over Latvia.

If you're looking to actually watch some hockey on your TV, the NHL Network in the US is airing 15 games plus highlights of the tournament. Your next chance to see the Isles' two Canadians are Friday at 4:30am, or 5:30pm on the replay, while Pokka and the Fins are not scheduled to appear. Steve Mears, former Isles play-by-play man, will be calling these games with ESPN's EJ Hradek. For a complete schedule, check out this post from Lighthouse.

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