New York Islanders: Michael Dal Colle day to day with a lower body injury
New York Islanders prospect Michael Dal Colle is day to day with a lower-body injury after three days at Islanders rookie camp.
Michael Dal Colle has struggled to crack the New York Islanders roster since being drafted fifth overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Dal Colle has played two years in the Islanders system and four games at the NHL level.
It was going to be tough for Michael Dal Colle to make the Islanders roster this year with the number of veteran forwards they have. Now, it just got a little harder.
According to Newsday, Michael Dal Colle is now day to day after suffering a lower-body injury at Islanders rookie camp. It’s unfortunate for Dal Colle, who really can’t buy a break.
In his first year in the AHL, Dal Colle was mediocre. He had 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 75 games played. For a fifth overall pick, you’d expect him to be a little more dominant at the AHL level than what he showed.
Last year was a train wreck. In 60 games with Bridgeport, Dal Colle had 24 points (7 goals, 17 assists). In the OHL he scored 81 goals in two years, now in the AHL he combined for 22 goals over the same amount of time.
Granted, the competition is different but Dal Colle is the only player from the first round of the 2014 draft class without a goal in the NHL (not counting Conner Bleackley who was redrafted two years later).
Dal Colle has played just four games, all coming last year and he looked like a fish out of water. It’s hard to describe, he kind of just existed. He’s supposed to be a goal scorer and he had one shot on goal in four games.
He didn’t do anything to show that he’s atrocious, he just went on the ice for his 13 minutes a game and went home.
Michael Dal Colle is going to have a training camp for the agest to fall back in with the Islanders front office. With Kieffer Bellows well past him at the position, it’s likely that he gets a shot at the roster than Dal Colle.