Thursday night at Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, the New York Islanders gathered 47 of their top prospects to scrimmage in front of the New York Islanders faithful. For a $10 donation to the Islanders Children’s foundation, fans were able to watch the top prospects from the last three drafts as they battled for starting jobs during a scrimmage, shootout, hardest shot competition and a skills competition.
The notable names on the rosters included Ryan Pulock (15th overall draft pick in the 2013 draft), Ryan Strome (5th overall draft pick in the 2011 draft), Griffin Reinhart (4th overall draft pick in the 2012 draft) and Brock Nelson (30th overall draft pick in the 2010 draft).
After the 2 period, 50 minute scrimmage Ryan Strome led the Blue team to a 6-2 victory in the scrimmage portion of the event, scoring once and helping his team twice with 2 assists, Jason Clark was the leading scorer for the Blue team scoring twice during the 2nd period.
Newly drafted (2013 5th round 136th overall) prospect Victor Crus Rydberg started off the Shootout Competition by amazing the fans scoring with a between the legs shot that went over the shoulder of Goaltender Joel Rumpel. Not to be out done, fellow 2013 draft prospect (6th rd 166th overall) Alan Quine also scored after dangling the puck through his legs, then passing the puck from around his back to his right skate, then back to his forehand and dragging it outside Goaltender Eamon McAdam’s reach.
Later on during the Hardest Shot Competition, Quinnipiac alumni Mike Dalhuisen blasted the puck the hardest topping the competition twice at 97 mph. Dalhuisen’s slap shot beat the shot of Ryan Pulock (93mph), Griffin Reinhart (91mph) and Andrey Pedan (91mph).
The final portion of the competition was the Breakaway Challenge, a race to see which team could net all 7 pucks lined up on the blue line the fastest. After several denied attempts, the Orange team won the Breakaway Challenge. Unfortunately they weren’t able to overcome their deficit from the 6-2 loss during the scrimmage game, and lost the Orange and Blue competition to the Blue team 7-6.
The night was capped off with both teams saluting the fans on the ice, then all of the prospects met with fans in the convention hall for an autograph session.