For a variety of reasons, the Islanders 2-0 loss to New Jersey was a painful watch. During the action, Anthony Beauvillier sustained an injury in the second period and was unable to return to the game.
He played just 7:16 before the injury, and it seemed to occur when he and Nathan Bastian took a tumble down onto the ice.
Bastian landed on Beauvillier’s lower back or upper leg area, and Beau got right off to the bench but looked to be in a great deal of pain heading off the ice.
Well, this afternoon, Barry Trotz confirmed that Beauvillier is day-to-day with a lower-body injury after this play. The Islanders will have to find a replacement for Beauvillier who was working with Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey on line two.
Beau picked up an assist in the season opener but has been quiet ever since, as he’s been held without a point in the next four contests. The Islanders do have a couple of different routes they can go to fill the role.
They can slot Michael Dal Colle up onto line two and insert Kieffer Bellows back into the lineup on line three. They could put JG Pageau in the top-six and insert Leo Komarov to center the third line in his place, or the preferred method, use a kid on line two.
Oliver Wahlstrom or Kieffer Bellows, who are both former first-rounders with a top-six ceiling, can be put into a top-six role in the absence of Beauvillier.
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Based on the Islanders’ reluctance to play youth, this however feels unlikely unless Trotz deviates from the norm. Either way, the Islanders don’t have any proven top-six depth to play with. Hopefully, the Beauvillier injury isn’t too serious and he can make his way back to the lineup sooner rather than later.