Prospects bring more than just skills to development camp


New York Islanders prospects have been skating for the past three days at the Northwell Ice Center in East Meadow, NY. Although most of them don’t have experience at the NHL level, let alone the AHL level, they each bring more to the table than just a quick release, a solid stick or a hard job. peak above average.

I spoke with a 27-year-old defender Grant Hutonthe oldest player in these development camps, on his role and what he has seen from these prospects.

“It was one of those things where they just wanted to be here early and yeah, that was their decision,” Hutton said. “I think it was a very good decision.”

As for being a leader in camp for these young prospects, Hutton likes that role, but that doesn’t change the way he does business.

“I mean, you’re a leader every day, you know, that’s, that’s what you want to do. That’s, that’s the way you should go about it, and try to lead, but just let it happen and do your thing.

Prospect Isaiah George shared that Hutton “stayed the course.”

“He made things more comfortable when you’re on the ice and in the locker room as well. Not bad.:

Hutton made a point of explaining that while the older you are the more experience you have, inexperience doesn’t mean you still can’t be a leader.

“I think the cool thing about this organization is that everyone is a leader in their own right. Like, I think that’s something they’re looking for, and, and everyone here has different leadership qualities,” Hutton said. “So like I said, everyone leads in their own way. Everyone takes care of each other. And we are all in the same boat.

“There’s a lot of competition at camp…but at the same time, I mean, we’re all part of the same organization. We all have the same goals. We all have the same dreams and aspirations. So it’s more of a teamwork mentality.

While these young New York Islanders can learn a lot from Hutton, it’s an educational two-way street.

“Absolutely. I was talking to Robin [Salo] the other day. Everyone has a different skill set. Everyone has different strengths. And you have to be able to take advantage of that,” Hutton explained. “Like me and Robin, we are always trying to rack our brains. And, you know, it helps. It’s a good opportunity to learn, and as soon as you stop learning, you know, maybe that’s the day you won’t want to play anymore, right?

“So every day is a learning opportunity. Every day is an opportunity to be the best version of yourself, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.

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