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NHL dream finally coming true for an Islanders’ top prospect.

It might have taken a little while, but Michael Dal Colle is finally getting his chance. The Islanders’ first-round pick (No. 5 overall) from the 2014 draft is set to make his NHL debut when the team comes out of their five-day bye week and plays the Rangers at the Garden on Saturday. The 21-year-old...
Time: 01:46     Date: 13.01.2018
Last US Sport News: NHL dream finally coming true for an Islanders’ top prospect. NY Post 24 - US News

The Islanders’ first-round pick (No. 5 overall) from the 2014 draft is set to make his NHL debut when the team comes out of their five-day bye week and plays the Rangers at the Garden on Saturday. The 21-year-old Dal Colle has spent all of last year and the beginning of this year with AHL Bridgeport, but a rash of injuries on the Islanders has given him this opportunity.

“It’s what you dream of as a kid, to get this opportunity,” Dal Colle said after Friday’s late practice on Long Island. “It’s a very happy time for me and my family.”

Dal Colle had just five goals and 18 points in 34 games for the Sound Tigers, but Islanders coach Doug Weight said the scouting report has been nothing but positive.

“He’s been really, really good and reliable and steady,” Weight said. “His numbers should be better than what they are, [that was] what the message was. Mike’s worked hard. He hasn’t come in torching it up and ripping it up. But he’s consistently got better, he’s a better hockey player. He’s stronger. He’s earned his chance.”

There were no real updates on injured forwards Josh Bailey (lower body, missed one game) and Andrew Ladd (undisclosed, missed one game) and defenseman Johnny Boychuk (lower body, missed nine games).

“I’ll be honest — it wasn’t a great Thursday,” Weight said. “I hope there’s nothing horrific down the road, but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to hear. That’s all I’m going to say right now, they won’t be playing.”

Winger Shane Prince did not practice because Weight said he “missed a flight” returning from the break. He is expected to be ready for Saturday.

“Details happen in travel this time of year,” Weight said.

Weight did say that recent call-ups Anthony Beauvillier and Sebastian Aho will both play. It’s likely defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will be the healthy scratch.

For practice with only 11 forwards, the spot for Prince was left next to Dal Colle and Brock Nelson. Alan Quine was still on the top line in Bailey’s spot, next to John Tavares and Anders Lee, while Beauvillier was with Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle. The fourth line was Jason Chimera-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck.

The defensive pairs were Nick Leddy-Aho, Thomas Hickey-Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech-Scott Mayfield.

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