Nino Niederreiter makes the New York Islanders' opening day roster

ninoniedmakestheisles.jpgIt’s not surprising that No.1 pick Taylor Hall will make the Edmonton Oilers as a rookie, but as you go deeper into the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, it becomes less expected. So I was a little surprised to hear that Nino Niederreiter, the fifth pick of the draft, made the cut for the New York Islanders.

Just four months after making history at the 2010 Entry Draft by becoming the highest Swiss-born player ever selected, Nino Niederreiter will become the youngest player in the history of the New York Islanders when they host the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Niederreiter, who just turned 18 on Sept. 8, learned Wednesday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum that he officially has made the opening-night roster.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Niederreiter, who skated on a line with Doug Weight and Josh Bailey on Wednesday morning. “I was waiting for a call to (Isles GM) Garth (Snow), and I got to know that I’m on the team. I’m really happy about it.”

Now, as the article points out, the Islanders will have nine games to decide if they want to keep Niederreiter at the NHL level. If they decide to keep him with the big team, that will “burn” one of the seasons on his entry-level contract and the team will need to re-sign him in three years. Sending him down some time before that nine game deadline will maintain another year on that deal, which might be good since the 18-year-old might need some more seasoning.

One interesting sub-plot is the possibility of Niederreiter playing against the Montreal Canadiens and his nemesis Michael Cammalleri, whose slash on Niederreiter earned him a one-game suspension. Oddly enough, that game against Montreal would be the 10th game of the season for the Islanders, so it would be an interesting scenario.

Anyway, that’s looking far ahead because it’s a game-by-game thing, as Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. For now, Niederreiter can feel proud of his accomplishment and try to stay at the NHL level by playing well.

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    World Championship standout Shipachev named to Team Russia’s World Cup roster

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    Team Russia filled out the remaining seven spots on their World Cup of Hockey roster earlier today.

    Vadim Shipachev, who was fantastic in Russia’s Bronze Medal effort at the World Championships this month, was added to the team. The other additions to the roster are Ivan Telegin (CSKA Moscow), Evgenii Dadonov (SKA Saint Petersburg), Slava Voynov (SKA Saint Petersburg), Nikita Zaitsev (Toronto), Alexey Marchenko (Detroit) and Alexei Emelin (Montreal) were also added to the roster.

    Shipachev was the leading scorer at the 2016 worlds. He finished the tournament with six goals and 18 points in 10 games. A number of teams are reportedly interested in bringing the 29-year-old over to the NHL for the upcoming season.

    Former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (yes, that Slava Voynov) also won bronze with Shipachev at the World Championship earlier this month. The 26-year-old had no goals and seven assists in 23 games in the KHL in 2015-16. He was forced to go back to Russia after spending time behind bars because of a domestic dispute with his wife. There is some doubt as to whether or not Voynov is eligible for the tournament.

    As always, Russia will have some serious firepower up front.

    Here’s the full roster:

    G Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
    G Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche
    G Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

    D Alexei Emelin, Montreal Canadiens 
    D Dmitry Kulikov, Florida Panthers
    D Alexey Marchenko, Detroit Red Wings 
    D Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens
    D Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals
    D Slava Voynov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) 
    D Nikita Zaitsev, Toronto Maple Leafs 

    F Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks
    F Evgenii Dadonov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) 
    F Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
    F Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
    F Nikolay Kulemin, New York Islanders
    F Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals
    F Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
    F Vladislav Namestnikov, Tampa Bay Lightning
    F Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
    F Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks
    F Vadim Shipachev, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) 
    F Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
    F Ivan Telegin, CSKA Moscow (KHL) 

    It’s no surprise that Oilers forward Nail Yakupov isn’t on the roster. After their Bronze Medal win at the worlds, Russia’s head coach Oleg Znarok said not having Yakupov on the team was “addition by subtraction”.

    Hemsky, Faksa and the Michalek brothers added to Czech Republic’s World Cup roster

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    Team Czech Republic announced their full 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

    Like every other team, the Czechs named 16 players to their roster back in March. Joining the likes of Jakub Voracek, Tomas Plekanec, Ondrej Palat and David Krejci are Milan Michalek (Toronto), Dmitrij Jaskin (St. Louis), Ales Hemsky (Dallas), Radek Faksa (Dallas), Jakub Nakladal (Calgary), Zbynek Michalek (Arizona) and Michal Jordan (Carolina).

    Hemsky posted 13 goals and 39 points in 2015-16 and added a goal and four points during the Stars’ postseason run.

    Milan Michalek has represented his country a number of times, including in the last Olympics where he had no points in five contests. The 31-year-old was traded from Ottawa to Toronto as part of the Dion Phaneuf trade, but he didn’t have a good season, as a finger injury derailed his year. He finished the season with seven goals and 16 points in 45 games.

    Milan’s older brother, Zbynek, has also represented his nation a number of times at the international level. He took part in each of the last two Olympics.

    Nakladal completed his first season in the NHL in 2015-16. The 28-year-old had two goals and five points in 27 contests with the Flames.

    Former St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka, who was named to the team back on Mar. 2, is the only player on the roster who isn’t currently in the NHL.

    Here’s the full roster:

    G Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
    G Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers
    G Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

    D Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers
    D Michal Jordan, Carolina Hurricanes *
    D Michal Kempny, Chicago Blackhawks
    D Zbynek Michalek, Arizona Coyotes *
    D Jakub Nakladal, Calgary Flames *
    D Roman Polak, San Jose Sharks
    D Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay Lightning

    F Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars *
    F Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames
    F Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes
    F Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars *
    F Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks
    F Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues *
    F David Krejci, Boston Bruins
    F Milan Michalek, Toronto Maple Leafs *
    F Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning
    F David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
    F Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens
    F Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
    F Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers

    Earlier this week, Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr announced that he wouldn’t be taking part in the World Cup event.

    In a surprising move, Jagr’s teammate in Florida, Jiri Hudler, was left off the roster. The 32-year-old had 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with the Flames and Panthers in 2015-16. Radim Vrbata (Canucks), Tomas Fleischmann and Andrej Nestrasil (Carolina) also didn’t make the cut.

    Laine makes Team Finland for World Cup, Puljujarvi doesn’t

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    The Finns rounded out their 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster on Friday morning, and two of the country’s brightest young prospects received decidedly different news.

    Patrik Laine, the reigning World Hockey Championship MVP and likely No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft, was named to the squad. Jesse Puljujarvi, the 2016 World Juniors MVP and presumptive No. 3 pick, was left off.

    Puljujarvi, 18, was edged out for a spot at forward by Laine, Minnesota’s Erik Haula and Sebastian Aho, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect that spent last season playing for Karpat of the SM-liiga.

    Aho, another 18-year-old, played alongside Laine for Finland’s silver medal-winning squad at the Worlds and finished the tournament with seven points in 10 games.

    On defense, Finland added three more skaters to the roster: Calgary’s Jyrki Jokipakka, Chicago farmhand Ville Pokka and Sami Lepisto, who plays in the KHL.

    In goal, another KHLer — SKA Saint Petersburgh’s Mikko Koskinen — was selected, and will compete for minutes with Boston’s Tuukka Rask and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne.

    The Finnish roster, in full:

    G Mikko Koskinen, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) *
    G Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
    G Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

    D Jyrki Jokipakka, Calgary Flames *
    D Sami Lepisto, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL) *
    D Esa Lindell, Dallas Stars
    D Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins
    D Ville Pokka, Rockford IceHogs (AHL) *
    D Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres
    D Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks

    F Sebastian Aho, Karpat Oulu (SM-liiga) *
    F Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers
    F Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks
    F Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning
    F Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild
    F Erik Haula, Minnesota Wild *
    F Jussi Jokinen, Florida Panthers
    F Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
    F Leo Komarov, Toronto Maple Leafs
    F Lauri Korpikoski, Edmonton Oilers
    F Patrik Laine, Tappara Tempere (SM-liiga) *
    F Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues
    F Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks

    * named to roster today

    Among the notable “snubs” for Finland? Detroit’s Teemu Pulkkinen, Vancouver’s Markus Granlund (Mikael’s brother), Winnipeg’s Joel Armia, former Boston Bruin Joonas Kemppainen and Nashville’s Miikka Salomaki.

    In addition to Puljujarvi, it’s also worth noting two of the country’s brightest young prospects failed to make it: Kasperi Kapanen, who made his NHL debut for the Leafs this year, and Mikko Rantanen, the promising Colorado forward taken 10th overall in ’15.