According to Arthur Staple over at Newsday, Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart will be camp invites. Back in the summer, the Islanders’ development camp perception was that Strome needed another year before being NHL ready. His professional career, however, might begin sooner. His play in the OHL, where he was described as “a man among boys,” has progressed so much that he will get a serious opportunity. Without Strome, Frans Nielsen is on paper the second line center, but everyone knows that he is far more suited to be a two-way third line anchor.
The problem is that Strome must show the Islanders that he belongs on the top two lines to make the NHL roster. He is not the type of player you let languish on a third or fourth line.
“They are already in game shape. A compressed season will be very hard on vets,” a source told me.
Reinhart will also get a look, but chances are slim to none he will stick on Long Island this season. Scouts last summer felt he was two or three years away. According to an Islanders team source, they feel he might only be a year away. However, they were very doubtful on him being part of the team when Matt Donovan and Aaron Ness are far more along in their development . . .
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