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The New York Islanders suffered another heartbreaking injury on Thursday night when Anders Lee went down with a fractured leg.
At the same time that the team was getting sizzling hot and defeating three consecutive playoff teams, they were also sustaining injury-after-injury.
The latest to impact the team comes in the form of a fractured leg to Anders Lee, a forward who just happens to be the only player in the entire organization capable of effectively screening the netminder and being tough along the boards.
While Lee, 25, has endured a Sophomore Slump, he’s the literal definition of the ideal playoff forward: strong, good in front of the net and along the boards, and a leader in terms of PPG, Corsi and intensity.
In other injury news, Mikhail Grabovski sustained yet another concussion. It’s been an onerous few years for the man known as Grabo.
Both Lee and Grabovski find themselves on a crowded injured reserve that features the likes of Travis Hamonic, Matt Martin, Jaroslav Halak and Brian Strait. Additionally, Jean Francois Berube, Johnny Boychuk, Cal Clutterbuck and Calvin de Haan are all battling some sort of injury.
Isles beat writer Arthur Staple indicated that there’s a shot that Mathew Barzal could make his NHL debut in the postseason. It would sure be a shocker, especially since he was drafted just this season. It should be noted that he’s likely the team’s biggest prospect since John Tavares, although fellow prospect Michael Dal Colle projects as more of a power forward.
Jeev Milkha Singh once said that “Injuries is a part of a sportsmen life; you have to live with it.” That statement can’t be truer, especially now. While the recent scourge of injuries is depressing and untimely, it’s just something that Jack Capuano‘s squad is going to have to battle through.
While it won’t be easy for the Isles to advance to the second round for the first time in nearly two and a half decades, what fun would it be if it was?