Speaking with the media today, New York Islanders rookie head coach Lane Lambert said that defenseman Scott Mayfield and right wing Cal Clutterbuck are healthy and ready for training camp after missing the end of last season with injuries. Lambert mentioned that overall, he doesn’t expect any health-related absences at the beginning of camp.
Mayfield missed the last 21 games of the 2021-22 season with a lower-body injury, last playing in a March 22nd win against the Ottawa Senators. It was his fourth two-point game of the 2021-22 campaign. Clutterbuck, on the other hand, missed the last 23 games, last taking the ice in a March 19th win against Dallas. Both players otherwise remained healthy throughout the entire season, playing in 61 and 59 games respectively.
Both players are expected to reprise their roles as cornerstones at the bottom of the lineup. Mayfield will anchor the third pairing, slotting behind Ryan Pulock and Noah Dobson on the Isles’ depth chart for right-shot defensemen. The veteran defensive stalwart will partner with either the 26-year-old Sebastian Aho or youngster Robin Salo. Clutterbuck, meanwhile, is expected to once again be a part of the longest-running fourth line in the league with Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas. He had six goals, nine assists, and 15 points in 59 games last year, his highest point total in the last three seasons.
The Islanders open their preseason schedule on September 26 against the New York Rangers.