New York Islanders Daily: Shane Prince’s Injury Impacts Future

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It was announced yesterday by the New York Islanders that Shane Prince will be out for four to six months so he can recover from surgery. He played just 50 games last year.

It was an injury plagued year for New York Islanders forward Shane Prince. Prince tried to play through injuries but was unable to be healthy for more than 50 games during the 2017-2018 season.

Prince elected for surgery, as rest wasn’t helping, and he will be out between four and six months. That puts his return likely in the 2018 calendar year. How does this affect the Islanders?

It’s not a huge impact. We mean that with all due respect to Prince, who would’ve been a role player (a 14th forward) on this team. Prince wasn’t going to be getting regular playing time so this injury isn’t necessarily a detrimental one from the Isles point of view.

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For Prince, on the other hand, that’s a different story. He’s set to be an RFA at the end of this upcoming season and at 24 years old he has still yet to establish himself as anything more than a depth player.

He’s set to make $850K this year, and it’s going to be tough for him to get a new contract, one that’s worth while for him, with his injury history over the past two years.

We’re getting ahead of ourselves but it’s going to be tough to see Shane Pince in the blue and orange after the 2017-2018 season. Garth Snow had high hopes for Prince when he was brought in during the 2015-2016 season via trade, but Prince never developed into what Garth was hoping for, unfortunately.

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