The NY Islanders were said to have had a pretty good draft this summer despite trading the 13th overall pick to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Alexander Romanov. Coming to the Islanders in addition to Romanov was a fourth round pick, No. 98 overall, which turned into prospect defenseman Isaiah George. When George arrvied to training camp, he got off to a good start, however, it was thwarted quickly when he was sidelned with an injury that kept him out for the remainder of training camp.
After learning about George's injury, day-after-day we waited to hear if he was going to return to the ice with the rest of the Islanders to see why so many scouts praised the Islanders for selecting the Oakville, Ontario native. Unfortunately, he remained in the stands and on the sidelines, spectating the rookie camp and eventually training camp with the entire Islanders roster.
The good news is George has finally returned to game action. George stuck around with the Islanders for as long as possible to at least become acquainted with the organization that drafted him. Now, he's been returned to the London Knights of the OHL where he's expected to play as one of their top pairing defenseman.
Easing his way back into things, George slotted on London's third pair and played in very limited minutes. The Knights ave the luxury to be able to allow George to ease his way back in due to owning four NHL drafted defenseman and 2022 OHL first round selection, Sam Dickinson.
The extent of George's injury is unknown, but before today he hadn't seen game action for about a month which is pretty significant. Upon being drafted, George was described as a player with so much potential who possess excellent skating skill. He slid to the 98th overall selection, but was viewed as a player who could be taken in the top-50. He'll look to return to form with a clean bill of health and work his way back as a top-pairing defenseman for the Knights.