New York Prospects win 8-4 Thursday, Gordon's system & Notables

NYI Fan CentralSenior Analyst ISeptember 18, 2008

More from Scott Gordon, Prospect Game

Newsday: Greg Logan has a blog update with head coach Scott Gordon's comments.  Gordon explained that he will not be having scrimmages but rather continue with his rookie camp trend of holding controlled scrimmages during practice.  This is a more effective method of teaching.  Mr. Logan relays that the squads will be divided in the upcoming days, and describes what the routine will be.

Scott Gordon will teach the veterans in this way, and introduce everyone to his concept of increasing team speed within his system.  No one will be considered a returning player --they will have to earn playing time.  This concept is new to everyone; the players do drills that touch on things Gordon wants his players to accomplish in a game, as opposed to the usual scrimmage where the club plays and beats on one another.  Gordon would rathey the Isles saved that type of play for the opposition.

Mr. Logan promises a recap of the prospect game in Shelton.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

This is a little different, not having regular scrimmages. It will be interesting how guys like Bill Guerin, Mike Sillinger or others who have their own routines and concepts of camp react.

I suspect a rookie NHL coach may have to put up with a little resistance to this approach from the ten year veterans, but I loved what Gordon said because obviously he's seen some tapes of this club's weaknesses.  This team needs a lot more work in the technical department.

Gordon may be talking above some folks with this but he's got me fascinated, for it to work the players have to buy in.

I suspect the Sound Tigers website will have something on the game in Shelton along with Mr. Fornabaio during the afternoon.

Boston John Bishop has a running blog of the game at Shelton which at this time features a 6-4 New York lead and a Sean Bentivoglio hat trick along with a Joel Rechlicz fight after a five goal second period for New York.
Team 1 2 3 F
Boston 2 2 0 4
NYIs 1 5 2 8

Bruins: First Period -Knackstedt (Lehtonen) 1:18, Nelson (Marchand) 14:24. Second Period – Wheeler (Fritch) 11:02, Sauve (Marchand, Fritch) 12:36. Third Period – none.

Islanders: First Period – Bailey (Smith) 11:37. Second Period – Marcinko (Gratchev) 6:24, Bentivoglio (Henniger) 10:09 PP, Smith (Bailey) 13:18, Bentivoglio (Nikiforov, Katic), Bentivoglio (Henniger) 19:23 SH. Third Period – Gratchev (Marcinko, DiBenedetto) 19:35 EN, DiBenedetto (Marcinko) 19:47.

Fighting Majors: Boston – Fletcher, 15:58, 1st. Marquardt, 15:07, 3rd
New York - Rechlicz, 15:58, 1st. Haley, 15:07 3rd.
Regan gave way for Hutchinson at 9:57.

Newsday: Greg Logan blogged on the 8-4 prospect win with head coach Scott Gordon's comments on how the club played as he praised Josh Bailey and Mark Katic among several players who stood out. Jim Kelley of SI is setting new standards for misinformation regarding the New York Islanders in an article about players with something to prove, saying that Doug Weight has bounced all over the map in recent years when aside from a late season rental to Carolina in 05-06 had been with St Louis since 2001-02 and that he should quit because one could argue even god has forgotten about the New York Islanders.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
SI seems to have a very big grudge with this franchise that does not reflect the teams record and especially Mr Kelley who Mr. Botta had a few choice words for recently regarding his sloppy reporting.

Note-The training camp primer links were be posted in the prospects blog sidebar, just a list of players with their profiles and a few players from Utah included.

Defense and goaltenders today, forwards Friday.

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