While the rest of the staff here at Islanders Insight is still focusing on the off-ice news, those New York Islanders prospects with ties to the Canadian juniors are reporting in for training camp giving us a little to real hockey to talk about. Loic Leduc (2012 4th round, no. 103 overall) has already played in two games with Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL.
Leduc was wearing the “C” in the first couple of games and has already gotten himself into a couple of scraps. Leduc, if he returns to the QMJHL, would be an over-age player, as he is 20 years old. Most prospects (despite being under an entry-level contract but having junior eligibility) generally report to their junior teams. They get a head start on getting their skating legs under them as well as help the junior team that has helped them earn a professional contract by passing on knowledge that was previously shared with them when they were 15 or 16 years old.
A good example of this comes from this interview with Kyle Burroughs (2013 7th round, no. 196 overall). Burroughs is the captain of the Regina Pats and while one might think his focus is on the upcoming Isles training camp, here he is talking about his young defensive partner who he is working with in juniors:
As more teams get underway with their exhibition games, we will start reporting on the prospects as they are about 3-4 weeks away from reporting for the Islanders training camp.