Status Updates for Injured Players
It’s incredible what injuries have done to this roster. Since Adam Pelech went down with a torn Achilles heel, the Islanders just haven’t been the same team.
Before Pelech went down the Islanders were winning and accumulating points at a 0.697 points-per-game pace. But after the injury the Isles collapsed, picking up points at a 0.45 points-per-game pace.
Losing Casey Cizikas has also had a disastrous effect on the Islanders. Without Cizikas the fourth line isn’t functional at all and Derick Brassard isn’t a functional bottom-six center (if anything he’s a ‘meh’ top-six winger). Without Cizikas, the Isles were left with what amounted to two lines.
On the back end, the Islanders have been without Johnny Boychuk for a little while after he took a skate to the face. It was a terrifying situation and we didn’t know how severe the injury was or how long Boychuk would be out.
During the Q&A, Lou shed some light on when they’d all be back.
"Question from Joe Gencarelli: Any updates on Adam Pelech, Casey Cizikas and Johnny Boychuk? Yes, Casey and Johnny will be ready to play when the season resumes. Adam will be ready for Training Camp."
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It’s great news that both Cizikas and Boychuk will be back whenever the NHL is cleared to resume its season. Both are important to this team and both fill big roles.
Adam Pelech missing the season no matter the outcome is though to hear. Between all three he’s perhaps the most important piece currently missing. Having him back for a playoff push would have been huge for the Isles.