Notes from an off day (for me, not the Sound Tigers; my life is weirder now):
Stopped by yesterday and wrote about the most surprising name on the tryout list, Dustin Jesseau (Insider link), mostly because it worked for three different newspapers of ours. (No, really, it did.) He’s a longshot, obviously, but loved his attitude in that last quote.
After that, the Islanders sent down 12 more players (several of whom were already skating here). Here’s the updated list of who is assigned here, is signed here or is skating here:
F: Kieffer Bellows, Steve Bernier, Ryan Bourque, Erik Brown, J.D. Dudek, Arnaud Durandeau, Scott Eansor, Ryan Hitchcock, Dustin Jesseau, Mason Jobst, Otto Koivula, Jeff Kubiak, Kyle MacLean, Colin McDonald, Nic Pierog, Tanner Pond, Travis St. Denis, Nick Schilkey, John Stevens, Kyle Thomas, Ben Thomson
D: Sebastian Aho, Mike Cornell, Connor Doherty, Seth Helgeson*, Grant Hutton, Ryan MacKinnon, Justin Murray, David Quenneville, Parker Wotherspoon
G: Evan Buitenhuis, Jakub Skarek, Linus Soderstrom
Helgeson hasn’t yet been waived. The Islanders have actually waived no one yet. As mentioned on Twitter, I assume this is why they’re not actually calling this Bridgeport Sound Tigers camp just yet. (“Training Camp in Bridgeport”! Technicalities are fun.)
Edit, Thursday, 12:30: Ren Lavoie tweeted Thursday’s waivers, which include Matt Lorito and St. Denis, the latter of whom I forgot also needed them.
Edit 2, Thursday, 3 p.m.: Lavoie updated the list: The Isles have waived Christopher Gibson, Jared Coreau, Helgeson and Kyle Burroughs, along with Lorito, Cole Bardreau and St. Denis.
Schilkey’s arrival means that the only AHL-contract player left up top is the injured Yanick Turcotte.
AHL exhibition games Friday and Saturday; NHL exhibition here Saturday. Our plans are still kind of up in the air and may depend on mosquitoes. I would love to be kidding.
Meanwhile, by chance yesterday, was there for Sacred Heart’s signing of Storm Special Hockey player Zakarai Schneider, which was awesome.
And welcome back, Jeff Jacobs.