New York Islanders Shane Prince Out 4-6 Months With Surgery

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: Roberto Luongo
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: Roberto Luongo /

The New York Islanders 2017-18 season has yet to start and they’ve already lost a player due to injury. To be fair, he was already injured, and it’s not like he was going to factor into the team much.

New York Islanders forward Shane Prince will miss the start of the 2017-18 season. He’ll actually miss more than that. After aggravating an injury sustained at the end of the 2016-17 season Prince will be out 4-6 months. A time table that takes him to February 2018.

Prince came to the Islanders by way of trade at the 2016 deadline for the Isles third round pick that season. He’d put up five points in 20 games. And added another four in eleven games during the Islanders 2016 post-season run.

None better than a two goal effort to win game one of the Isles first trip to the second round of the playoffs in 23 years.

He was rewarded with a two-year one-way deal worth $850,000 in the NHL. A raise from the $700,000 he was making in 2015-16.

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Healthy Scratch

Last season Prince was in and out of the lineup, posting a career-high 18 points in 50 games played in 2016-17. Not counting the injury he sustained at the end of the season, Prince was often a healthy scratch.

There should be no mistake that if healthy, Shane Prince would have filled a similar role for the Islanders in 2017-18.

Just look at the New York Islanders depth chart at forward and you’ll see a cluster of young promising players. Players like Mathew Barzal, Joshua Ho-Sang, Anthony Beauvillier, and even Michael Dal Colle all challenging for a roster spot next season.

Prince might have more NHL experience than any of those players, but there shouldn’t be any mistake, he’s waiver wire fodder if a spot needs to be engineered on the roster.

Just last season GM Garth Snow didn’t blink one in axing P.A. Parenteau from the roster to slot in Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier. He’d just acquired Parenteau in free agency not a month earlier.

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Shane Prince injured is a minor inconvenience for the New York Islanders in all reality. They don’t want to see any player get injured. But in terms of the roster, this won’t present any problems for the team.