Mike Halford

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 05:  Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 5, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Isles roster features two 19-year-olds — and three goalies

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After a busy last couple days in Brooklyn, the Isles have their opening night roster.

And it’s a unique one, to say the least.

As expected, 19-year-olds Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier — the 16th and 28th overall picks at the 2015 draft — have cracked the 23-man list, after PA Parenteau was claimed off waivers by New Jersey and d-men Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock were sent to AHL Bridgeport.

(Veteran forward Eric Boulton was placed on IR with a lower-body injury.)

In net, the Isles forged ahead with their three-goalie system: JF Berube, Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak are all still around, and head coach Jack Capuano added some intrigue when he said Halak might not be ready for Thursday’s season opener against the Rangers at MSG.

While that initially caused some consternation — Halak is fairly injury-prone — Newsday quickly calmed things down by reporting that Halak is sick, not injured.

So when the dust settled, New York emerged with a roster comprised of the three goalies, 14 forwards and six defensemen.

Today’s demotions would suggest that Pelech and Pulock will be the first called upon should Capuano need blueline help, or injuries hit one of Johnny Boychuk, Calvin de Haan, Travis Hamonic, Thomas Hickey, Nick Leddy or Dennis Seidenberg.

Panthers make another minor trade, send Brickley to ‘Canes for Sutter

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 04:  Connor Brickley #86 of the Florida Panthers during a preseason game at American Airlines Center on October 4, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Florida continues to make depth moves ahead of today’s roster deadline — this afternoon, the Panthers announced they’ve acquired Brody Sutter from Carolina in exchange for Connor Brickley.

Sutter, 25, is a big-bodied winger that’s spent the last few years shuffling between the ‘Canes and their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. The 6-foot-5, 203-pounder has 12 career NHL games on his resume.

Brickley, 24, only made his NHL debut last year but fared reasonably well, scoring five points in 23 contests. He’s also proven to be a pretty effective scorer at the American League level, with 34 goals over the last two campaigns.

“Connor saw his first NHL action last season after scoring 22 goals in the AHL the season before,” ‘Canes GM Ron Francis said in a release. “We look forward to seeing his continued development as his career progresses.”

The 50th overall pick in 2010, Brickley found it tough breaking into Florida’s deep forward group on a regular basis.

As mentioned above, this is the second small-ish deal the Panthers have swung in recent days. Over the weekend, they sent d-man Jonathan Racine to Montreal for Tim Bozon.

Sharks send first-rounders Mueller, Goldobin to AHL

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 17:  Mirco Mueller #41 of the San Jose Sharks looks on during the third period against the Boston Bruins  at TD Garden on November 17, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Sharks defeat the Bruins 5-4.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Two of San Jose’s better young prospects are on their way to the minors.

Defenseman Mirco Mueller, the 18th overall pick in 2013, and forward Nikolay Goldobin — the 27th overall pick in ’14 — have been sent to the club’s AHL affiliate, the Barracuda.

Mueller, 21, has appeared in 50 career games for the Sharks, including 11 last season. He didn’t dress for any playoffs games, when the club advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

Goldobin, also 21, made his NHL debut last season and appeared in nine games, scoring two points. He’s been a pretty solid producer at the American league level, tying for the Barracuda team lead in goals last year (with 21 in 60 contests).

San Jose also sent four other players to the minors today: Ryan Carpenter, Barclay Goodrow, Dan Kelly and Kevin Lablanc. That puts the opening-night roster at 23, and it includes another of the club’s key prospects — Timo Meier, who’s currently sidelined with mononucleosis.

Per CSN Bay Area, Meier (ninth overall, ’15) will likely head down to the AHL when he’s healthy.

Ruslan Fedotenko calls it a career

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 16:  Ruslan Fedotenko #17 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his go ahead assist against the New York Islanders during Game 5 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 16, 2004 at the St. Petersburg Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Gary Bogdon/Getty Images)

After 12 years, nearly 900 contests and one unforgettable Stanley Cup Final performance, Ruslan Fedotenko is retiring from professional hockey.

“As I reflect on my career, I realize how truly fortunate I have been to play the game I love at the highest level, to have won the Stanley Cup, not once, but twice, and to have made countless lifelong friendships along the way,” Fedotenko said in a release, per the NHLPA. “I am retiring as a truly grateful man. I will be forever thankful to the Philadelphia Flyers for giving me my start in professional hockey, their belief in me gave me the confidence to reach a level I had only dreamt of.

“I also had the absolute honor and privilege to play for four other exceptional organizations; I am grateful for the time I spent with each, and for the remarkable teammates I had the pleasure to play alongside.”

Signed by the Flyers as an undrafted free agent, Fedotenko won Cups in both Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.

His performance in 2004 is forever etched in Bolts lore.

In Game 7 against the Flames, he scored both goals — including the Cup-clincher — in the Lightning’s 2-1 victory. That performance capped off an incredible playoff run, as Fedotenko finished the postseason with 12 markers.

All told, Fedotenko played for five different franchises (also spent time with both the Rangers and Islanders), scoring 173 goals and 366 points. He also represented his native Ukraine internationally, including the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake.

Waiver claims: Devils get Parenteau, ‘Canes get Dahlbeck, Leafs get Griffith

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 05:  PA Parenteau #17 of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 5, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils  were the NHL’s lowest-scoring team last year, so today’s news makes plenty of sense — on Tuesday, the Devils claimed forward PA Parenteau off waivers from the Isles.

Parenteau, 33, was surprisingly let to by New York yesterday, just months after the Isles signed him to a one-year, $1.25 million deal. That contract was struck partly in the hopes of reuniting him with former running mate John Tavares, but the reunion never came to fruition. The two only played together once during the preseason, and the Isles opted to go with youth at forward — in the form of rookies Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier.

Back when he was playing alongside Tavares, Parenteau scored a career-best 67 points during the ’11-12 campaign. He’s since proven to be a good offensive producer on his own. Last year — playing for Toronto, the NHL’s last-place team — Parenteau scored 20 goals and 41 points.

Carolina gets Dahlbeck

The ‘Canes continued to add blueline depth on Tuesday, acquiring Klas Dahlbeck off waivers from Arizona.

Yesterday, Carolina inked defenseman Jakub Nakladal, formerly of Calgary.

Dahlbeck, 25, appeared in 71 games for the Coyotes last year, averaging just under 16 minutes per contest. A former third-round pick of Chicago, he’s described as a “big, left-shot defenseman,” by ‘Canes GM Ron Francis.

In Carolina, he’ll be reunited with former Blackhawks teammates Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen.

Griffith to Toronto

Seth Griffith, the 23-year-old forward that scored 77 points in just 57 games for AHL Providence last season, has been claimed by the Leafs after getting waived by Boston.

Griffith played in four games for the B’s last season, notching a single assist. Listed at 5-foot-9, 192 pounds, he’s fairly undersized but has shown a consistent ability to put up numbers — he’s basically been a point-a-game guy in the American League since debuting three years ago.

He’s also a familiar face to Leafs assistant GM Mark Hunter. Griffith played his junior hockey for OHL London, the team Hunter owns (and still serves as vice president for).