Anticipation is steadily building in Brooklyn for the 2015-16 NHL season. The New York Islanders will play their inaugural season at their new home in the Barclays Center, shifting 30 miles west from Nassau Coliseum and bringing its youthful core of talent with them. Youth will be in the cards at this Wednesday’s Blue & White Scrimmage as well, which showcases the franchise’s recent first-round draft picks as they become acclimated with the NHL environment they will soon take on regularly.
It appears that interest is high for the scrimmage game, too, as the secondary market is generating a considerable demand for tickets. Through Barclays Center’s official site fans could purchase tickets for $10 and $5 of each ticket would be donated to the Brooklyn Events Center Foundation. However, as tickets are quickly being bought just two days out from the event, a price premium exists for tickets on the secondary market. According to TicketIQ, the average secondary price for New York Islanders Blue & White Scrimmage tickets is $33. The cheapest available ticket is currently listed for $21.
Among the roster of young players participating in Wednesday’s scrimmage are Michael Dal Colle (2014, 5th overall), who hoisted the Memorial Cup with the Oshawa Generals in 2015. Other standouts include Joshua Ho-Sang (2014, 28th overall) and Ryan Pulock (2013, 15th overall).
The Islanders have long been rebuilding a team fit to be a perennial playoff contender, and it appears that general manager Garth Snow is finally experiencing the positive effects of his hard work in his ninth year in New York. Captained by John Tavares and highlighted by a dominant cast of top-tier talent in Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, and newly-inked defensemen Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, the Islanders will hope to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight season in 2015, a feat they haven’t accomplished since 2003-2004.