The New York Islanders have placed defenseman Calvin de Haan on injury reserve today. For what could be the remainder of the regular season. Thankfully the Isles have defensemen in reserve.
The New York Islanders might have walked away with two points from their date with the Kings on Saturday, but they also walked away minus one defenseman. It seems that Calvin de Haan picked up an injury that could have him out of the lineup for some time.
The severity of the injury isn’t known yet. Upper body is all that the team declared when they placed de Haan on injured reserve on Monday. Hopefully, it isn’t the worst case scenario and he can be back sooner rather than later.
According to coach Doug Weight, he could be back soon or not so soon.
The loss of de Haan leaves a considerable gap in the New York Islanders top four. Thankfully, the Islanders have enough defensemen in the lineup to fill in the gap.
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de Haan has been playing some big minutes for the New York Islanders this season. Only Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk have logged more than de Haan’s average16:18 minutes of 5on5 time per game.
But de Haan does more than that. He also averages 2:22 per game shorthanded. Minutes that are going to have the be given to someone. By all indications, it’s going to have to be someone already on the roster because Doug Weight seems happy with the seven D he already has.
Thomas Hickey has been recalled from his stint on the IR list, but I feel like Doug Weight has Hickey locked as a 5-6 blueliner and won’t move him from that spot. Which is fine. When not paired with Dennis Seidenberg Hickey has been great in that spot.
In order to keep the lefty-righty balance right the lineup on the defensive side of the roster will likely look like so:
Hopefully, de Haan is back sooner rather than later. But I’m also hoping that Doug Weight’s faith in the youthful defensive lineup pays off.