New York Islanders Injury: Travis Hamonic Out 2-3 Weeks

By Corwin McCallum
Nov 5, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) moves the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) moves the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /
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Arthur Staple of Newsday has reported that the New York Islanders will be without defenseman Travis Hamonic for 2-3 weeks with a lower body injury:

Hamonic was originally listed as day to day, but obviously something has changed. That’s two of the Islanders top three defensemen out for several weeks and it couldn’t come at a worse time for the team. They’ve lost two straight games and with a failure to pull away from the pack, have lost most of the cushion they built up on their place in a playoff position.

They’re now behind the New York Rangers again and they’ve got the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins hot on their heels.

Although there was unlikely to be a trade with Johnny Boychuk out, this injury throws another wrench in the plans to trade Hamonic. It became public information on November 18th that Travis Hamonic had requested a trade to a west coast team for family reasons, but neither party seems to be in much of a rush.

Among all the noise this season, Hamonic has also struggled to match the pace of point production he set last season. He’s on pace for only 16 points at the moment (2G, 8A – 41 GP) and an injury isn’t going to help that. The silver lining is that he is one of only two Islanders players to improve his possession numbers relative to last season.

Related Story: Isles' Possession Numbers a Concern

No matter his production, his absence leaves a large hole in the lineup. He’s averaging a career high 23 minutes and 48 seconds per game, which leads all Islanders players.

His replacement, Scott Mayfield, was called up on Friday and was announced to be playing in Saturday’s game after Hamonic was a late scratch. He was paired with his former Bridgeport Sound Tigers teammate Adam Pelech and the two performed admirably in a tough situation.

Next: Isles' Schedule to Get Slightly Easier

It will be interesting to see how the Islanders respond to a little adversity over the coming weeks.

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