16 July 2011
The Islanders annual Blue and White scrimmage will take place tonight at the Nassau Coliseum. With a large number of fans expect to come and see what the future for the Islanders holds, it’s easy to understand why the Isles prospects are excited to show what they’ve got.
“I’m excited,” Scott Mayfield, the Islanders 34th pick in this past draft, said about playing in his first Blue and White scrimmage. “I think it will be fun to see how everyone compares to each other. There are kind of expectations of some kids and stuff, but at the same time just going in there and having fun. I’m just hoping it’s a good time and everyone has fun.”
The game will be the closest the fans and media will come to seeing how each player reacts in real game situations.
At Friday’s on-ice session, both the Blue and White team held small three on three games before leaving the ice. Mayfield, who will be playing for the Blue team tonight, had several impressive points in the scrimmage on Friday.
“I’m just trying to have fun and take it all in,” Mayfield said about his impressive on ice performance. “Shootings kind of a big thing I’ve been working on this summer, hopefully it starts to come. Last season was a little tough offensively, but it looks like out there it’s starting to come. “
It indeed did look like it was “starting to come” for Mayfield who scored from a skilled angle during the three on three games.
As for Justin DiBendetto, who will play for the White team, he’s also looking to have fun tonight, and maybe get the win as well.
“I think to get to play a game in the middle of July should be fun. We have four lines, we have a good team and hopefully we’ll come up with the win.”
Then there is Kirill Kabanov, who sees the game and experience in a broader view.
“It’s going to be my second one, last year was unbelievable and the fans were so happy,” Kabanov said on Friday. “It’s good when you feel like a star a little bit, not like the NHL star yet, but close to that and you just want to get better at every point of your game. It helps you to work more on yourself to get in that arena as soon as you can. To make that arena your home arena, you just want it so bad after that.”
And then of course there are the fans, who will make the trip to Uniondale to get their summer fill of hockey. Of course if you can’t make it the scrimmage will be streamed live in HD by the Islanders.
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