New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow joined Steve Kouleas and Scott Laughlin from Sirius XM on Thursday afternoon. You can listen to it here:
My Take: Garth is going to promote all the kids at this point. He has to. Whether they had a great camp or not, Snow must now promote his young professionals like Dal Colle and Ho-Sang. I’m very intrigued to see what Barzal can do in training camp and maybe get a 9 game tryout to start the season. This is just a “what if” moment: What if Frans had signed with the Islanders? Would Strome had been trade bait? With Barzal entering camp with the strongest shot at making the team, the center has a shot at replacing either Strome or Nelson. Where do you put them? Does Bailey get sent down to the AHL or is he part of a package? As I’ve written before, this maybe the biggest, most impactful training camp in a very long time. Do I think Strome gets traded? I don’t think so, but we now know his role will be at center. I would not mind seeing Prince on a line with Strome to see what kind of chemistry they could have over a full season. The biggest comment that I liked the most about this interview: The Islanders will no longer be rushing their players. That alone will benefit the group because when the young players do get the call, they’ll be ready.