That's 10/Rakhshani all-rookie (updated)

Three more players have signed amateur tryouts today, although one is, with all due respect, a little more interesting.

Matt Donovan left Denver after his sophomore season and signed his entry-level deal to begin next season. Donovan, a lefty defenseman, doesn’t turn 21 until May.

Out of 13 players in that 2008 draft, the Islanders have signed eight and traded one (Jyri Niemi). Corey Trivino is still in school, David Toews is still in junior, Kirill Petrov is still in Russia, and sixth-rounder Jared Spurgeon is, well, in the NHL with Minnesota.

Donovan won’t join the team in Portland, though. Who will: another lefty defenseman, Matt Campanale, from the Philly area via the University of New Hampshire, and forward Chris Barton, who for the past three years has been the second-leading scorer at Merrimack; he was the third-leading scorer in his freshman season. (The past two years, he has only been behind Stephane Da Costa, the French native who’s the premier college free agent this spring.)

So that’s 10 players on amateur tryouts. The first one who plays tonight becomes the 300th regular-season player in team history. When they all play, they’ll make 59 players this year, not counting Petizian. What a year.

Again, radio liveblog tonight.


Rhett Rakhshani has been named to the AHL all-rookie team. He’s the fourth Sound Tiger so honored in 10 years, and the first forward. The others were Wade Dubielewicz (2003-04), Chris Campoli (2004-05) and Nathan Lawson (2008-09).

Michael Fornabaio