Islanders opening night roster set

Dec 1, 2018; Uniondale, NY, USA; General view of the opening puck drop between the New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There were no major surprises Tuesday afternoon after the Islanders announced the 23 man roster they’d open the season with.

The most notable players to make the roster out of camp were defenseman Noah Dobson and forward Michael Dal Colle. The Islanders will carry 14 forwards and 7 defensemen to start the year.

The announcement came a few hours after Josh Ho-Sang, Tanner Fritz and Thomas Hickey cleared waivers and were sent down to AHL Bridgeport. The decision to send Hickey down appeared to indicate that Dobson, one of the biggest question marks going into training camp, would make the team.

The Islanders had been in a tough spot with Dobson because of his age. He was not old enough to play in the AHL, but sending him back to juniors didn’t seem to make much sense.

The 19-year-old’s play during the preseason made it hard for the coaching staff and management to justify sending him back to his junior club.

Dal Colle had been a player who started the year in Bridgeport last season and had struggled at times during his pro career. “I think Michael Dal Colle went from suspect back to prospect to a pretty solid player,” Barry Trotz told Newsday’s Brian Heyman.

The Islanders full roster: 

Josh Bailey
Mathew Barzal
Anthony Beauvillier
Derick Brassard
Casey Cizikas
Cal Clutterbuck
Michael Dal Colle
Jordan Eberle
Ross Johnston
Leo Komarov
Tom Kuhnhackl
Anders Lee
Matt Martin
Brock Nelson
Johnny Boychuk
Noah Dobson
Nick Leddy
Scott Mayfield
Adam Pelech
Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews
Thomas Greiss
Semyon Varlamov
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