The injury bug has hit the New York Islanders with five injuries since December 17th. How have these injuries impacted the roster?
The New York Islanders are banged up and bruised. Six roster players are out and missing time. The losses are starting to negatively affect the team.
The impact that some of these players have had in their absence has been dramatic. From the defence to the forwards. The Islanders need to start getting bodies back rather than having more added to the injured list.
On the defensive side, with both Calvin de Haan and Johnny Boychuk out, half of the Islanders top four are out. Leaving youth to fill the spots. And they haven’t been up to snuff so far.
On the forward front, Bailey is out and so that means Alan Quine gets a shot on the top line. Alan Quine. I know. I’ll get to that in a few slides.
As I write this it seems that Shane Prince has picked up an injury against the Devils on Tuesday, January 16th. Great. It’s not that Prince on his own is going to keep this team on winning ways, but that’s potentially the seventh injury the Islanders have. his impact on the roster is little to none.
But how about players like Boychuk and Bailey?