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New York Islanders: Andrew Ladd Expected Back In Late November

Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders are finalizing their roster. After some cuts, it’s become apparent what the lineup will look like and when Andrew Ladd will return.

Andrew Ladd’s time with the New York Islanders has been nothing short of disappointing. After signing a seven-year deal in 2016, his highest point total with the Islanders was 31 points and it’s slowly declined from there.

Last year, injuries derailed Ladd’s season. He was only on the ice for 26 games. He played on the Isles third line and was fairly okay when he was healthy. With 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) he was on pace for 35 points.

His season ended with a torn ACL in March of last season. A knee injury at almost 34 years old isn’t an easy thing to overcome. That’s Ladd’s task and we have a little more clarity today for how long that will take.

In talking with the media, Lou Lamoriello said that doctors expect Ladd to be back in late November.

At a minimum, Ladd will be out for the first 20 games. The Isles play their 20th game of the year on November 21 which is on the shorter end of that prediction. Assume that Ladd plays a rehab stint for a week or two we could be looking at missing roughly 25-30 games.

For now, the Islanders third line looks like it will be Dal Colle – Brassard – Komarov. It’ll be the most boring line the Islanders have but it’ll be functional, which is all the Isles want from that third line.

If and when Ladd comes back you’d assume that Dal Colle goes to the scratchpad. Unless Dal Colle becomes an unbelievable force in the first 20 games or so, he won’t, the Isles will put Ladd in his spot on that third line.

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For the foreseeable future, the Islanders are stuck with Andrew Ladd and Leo Komarov too fr that matter. Get used to them on the third line.

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