Simon Holmstrom had an impressive NHL debut in the Islanders’ victory

Simon Holmstrom had an impressive NHL debut in the Islanders’ victory

After the Islanders’ morning skate on Wednesday, coach Lane Lambert was asked if Kyle Palmieri, who had left the ice prior to special teams practice, was expected to play that evening.

“I do,” Lambert said, adding that he believed Palmieri had a problem with his equipment.

Simon Holmstrom played well in his NHL debut in the Islanders' 3-0 win over the Oilers.

 

Simon Holmstrom performed admirably in his NHL debut as the Islanders defeated the Oilers 3-0.
Robert Sabo

 

Lambert was, as it turns out, misinformed.

The Islanders later declared Palmieri day-to-day with an upper-body injury as the club entered the ice for warmups against the Oilers, led by Simon Holmstrom, who made his NHL debut at UBS Arena on Wednesday night.

Holmstrom, the 23rd overall pick in 2019, skated alongside Mathew Barzal and Oliver Wahlstrom on the top line, while Josh Bailey moved to the third line, where Palmieri had played on Monday in Toronto.

Holmstrom skated for 11:11 and had one blocked shot in his debut, which was error-free but largely unremarkable. He stated that he was notified around 11 a.m., soon after morning skate at AHL Bridgeport, and then transported to Long Island by car service.

Simon Holmstrom performed admirably in his NHL debut as the Islanders defeated the Oilers 3-0.
Robert Sabo

“It was a huge surprise,” he remarked, “and I was thrilled to be here and perform.”

Holmstrom, who failed to make much of an impression in training camp, got off to a slow start with three goals and two assists in 15 games for Bridgeport, but he was clearly the top forward prospect in a group that also included Aatu Raty, William Dufour, and Ruslan Iskhakov, who was named AHL Rookie of the Month for October.

Although it is unlikely that Holmstrom will remain in the NHL — he was called up on loan, and the Islanders have no incentive to carry a 23rd man once Palmieri is recovered — the move is remarkable due to the guys he was chosen over. In a chaotic circumstance, he also impressed both Lambert and his colleagues with his composure.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau commented, “I think he performed extremely well.” “He is a kind person who strives to always do his best. On the ice, he had a nice stick several times today. Made several excellent passes. He was in the proper position. Maintaining composure is a challenging task. He carried out the action.”

Lambert confirmed after the game that he had not consulted with trainers prior to concluding Palmieri’s problem was equipment-related. When asked when the injury happened, his response was ambiguous.

“Obviously, he had that hit in Toronto,” Lambert stated. “As far as I was concerned, he was doing OK. I was astonished. I suppose I’m as astonished as you guys.”

The last time the Islanders blanked the Oilers was on February 25, 1996.

 

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