News: Halak surrendered four goals on 30 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Jets.
Impact: Benched the previous two games in favor of backup Chad Johnson, Halak didn't give the Islanders any encouraging returns upon reentering the lineup. Fortunately for Halak, Johnson performed rather unevenly in his two turns, which will likely result in no change atop the team's goalie depth chart. However, with a 3.51 GAA, .889 save percentage and three straight losses on Halak's ledger, the glow of his 3-0 start is beginning to dim.
News: Hamonic (upper body) is not expected to play Thursday in Colorado, according to Newsday.
Impact: Hamonic accompanied the Islanders on their five game 12 day road trip so he is expected to play at some point, but that point won't be against the Avalanche.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Nelson recorded a goal and an assist in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg.
Impact: Nelson is up to 12 points in nine games with consecutive multipoint performances.
News: Nelson finished with a goal and an assist in 18:16 worth of action Tuesday against the Jets.
Impact: Nelson fell into a brief scoring drought last week, but he's rebounded swiftly with back-to-back two-point showings. Nelson's lack of a track record at the NHL level makes it difficult to say with much conviction that he'll remain a point-per-game contributor throughout the season, but keep riding the wave while he continues to sizzle.
News: Boychuk gathered two power-play assists in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Jets.
Impact: After busting out with two goals and four assists over his first three games, Boychuk quickly cooled thereafter, going pointless over the next five games before Tuesday's showing. Boychuk's hot start still has him averaging roughly a point per game through nine contests, but it's more likely that he settles in somewhere between 30 or 40 points by season's end.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak will be the starting goaltender in Tuesday's game against the Jets.
Impact: Halak will take the net Tuesday night for the first time since last Tuesday. He posted an unsightly 3.39 GAA through his first five starts, so the Islanders are hoping a week off helps him get back on track. The team is off to a 6-2-0 start thanks to its high-scoring offense, but they have given up nearly as many goals as they have scored, so they'll need Halak to play better in order to maintain a lofty spot in the standings.
News: Halak is expected to start for the Isles Tuesday versus the Jets, according to Newsday.
Impact: Halak has been a bit shaky to start the season for the Isles and has given way to backup Chad Johnson during the team's last two games. He'll need to find some consistency in his game in order to assert himself as the team's clear-cut starting goaltender.
News: Bailey (hand) could return to the lineup sooner than expected, according to Newsday.
Impact: When Bailey broke his hand, it was originally thought that he would be out about a month. However, it now sounds like he could be back as soon as early November. He'll travel with the Islanders on their five-game road trip that starts Thursday.
News: Hamonic (upper body) is unlikely to play Tuesday versus the Jets, according to Newsday.
Impact: If that ends up being the case, that would be three games in a row that the defenseman has missed. The good news is that Hamonic will still join the team on their upcoming five-game road trip, perhaps returning as soon as Thursday.
Sun. Oct 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Nielsen scored three goals in Saturday's 7-5 win over Dallas.
Impact: It was the first hat trick of his career, and he has four goals in two games.
News: Hamonic (upper body) may not play before he Islanders leave on a five-game road trip Thursday, Newsday reports.
Impact: Hamonic has missed the last two games and will only have one practice to prove to the coaching staff that he's ready to play before Tuesday's game versus Winnipeg. Hamonic is miscast as a top-pairing defender, but after the Isles gave up five goals to Dallas on Saturday, they surely can't wait to get him back.
Ryan Strome - #18 - Center - 6'1" - 188lbs
News: Strome assisted on Brock Nelson's second-period goal in Saturday's win over the Stars.
Impact: Nelson's early-season breakout has captured most of the headlines with regards to the Isles' potent offensive play, but Strome has played a critical supporting role in those successes. In addition to assisting on two of his linemate's five goals, Strome has set up five more Islander scores this season, putting him at close to point-per-game level of production. Strome is still searching for his first goal, but his work as a distributor has quelled any doubts about his readiness for a consistent NHL role.
News: Lee found the back of the net in Saturday's 7-5 win over the Stars.
Impact: Lee led off the game's scoring by redirecting a shot into the net, earning him his 11th goal in just 26 career games. The 24-year-old has already earned a prominent spot on the Isles' power play since being recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Thursday and could earn more minutes at even strength after his solid showing Saturday. Those in deeper leagues should place Lee squarely on their radar.
Cory Conacher - #89 - Left Wing - 5'8" - 179lbs
News: Conacher collected an assist in Saturday's 7-5 win over the Stars.
Impact: Conacher was able to win a spot on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, but that favorable position has yet to bear fruit for the former Ottawa Senator. He's mustered only two points and 15 shots on goal in eight games, putting him at risk of getting moved to the Isles' bottom-six ranks.
News: Nelson tallied a goal, an assist and a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 7-5 victory over the Stars.
Impact: The toast of the NHL after churning out seven points in his first three games, Nelson has predictably fallen off that torrid pace, contributing three points over his last five contests. Even so, that more modest level of production along with a positive contribution in plus-minus probably exceeds what most projected for Nelson heading into the season. He's still worth rostering in most formats, even if his peak value has already come and gone.
News: Johnson surrendered five goals on 31 shots in Saturday's 7-5 victory over the Stars.
Impact: Though he claimed the win to move to a perfect 3-0 on the season, Johnson was lucky that opposing goalie Anders Lindback was even more hapless Saturday. The Islanders granted Johnson the start in each of their last two games, but his uneven performances in those contests mean he's not currently a threat to usurp Jaroslav Halak as the team's top netminder.
Nikolay Kulemin - #86 - Left Wing - 6'1" - 225lbs
News: Kulemin netted a short-handed goal and added an even-strength assist in Saturday's 7-5 victory over the Stars.
Impact: The goal was his first of the season. He and Mikhail Grabovski have chemistry from their days in Toronto, and Frans Nielsen appears to be the guy who can round out a really nice line. His fantasy contributions will be inconsistent, but he can be helpful in deep formats that also count hits.
News: Grabovski (concussion) picked up two assists in Saturday's 7-5 win over Dallas.
Impact: He's back and he's producing. Use him as you normally would.
News: Visnovsky skated 20:13 in Saturday's win over the Stars. He scored a goal and added an assist.
Impact: His ice time will continue to stay above the 20-minute mark as long as his back stays healthy. He can deliver you decent production from the back end if you need help. Just be sure to have a handcuff in the likely event of an injury.
News: Nielsen scored a natural hat trick in the Islanders' 7-5 over the Stars on Saturday night.
Impact: He now has eight points, including four goals, in his last seven games. He's coming off a 58-point career year and doesn't appear to be slowing down. This dazzling Dane is a great roll right now.
News: The Islanders placed Bailey (hand) on injured reserve on Saturday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Bailey suffered a broken hand Thursday against the Bruins and is expected to miss at least the next four weeks with the injury. The Isles activated Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) off IR to take Bailey's place on the roster.
News: The Islanders activated Grabovski (concussion) off injured reserve on Saturday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Grabovski will be in the lineup Saturday night against the Stars, as Josh Bailey (hand) will head to IR to open up a spot for him. He's posted two goals and an assist through four games to date.
News: Grabovski (concussion) was on the ice for morning skate and appears set to return to action Saturday against the Stars, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Unless the Islanders reveal that Grabovski suffered a late setback with his concussion during the morning session, he'll be activated from injured reserve and skate as the left wing on the Isles' second line. Grabovski missed the previous three games with the concussion.
News: Johnson will be in the crease Saturday against the Stars.
Impact: The Islanders will go with Johnson for the second consecutive game after he snapped the team's two-game losing streak with a hard-fought victory over the Bruins his last time out. With a 2-0 record and .918 save percentage over three appearances, Johnson has been steady for the Islanders when called upon, but a matchup against the high-powered Stars attack will represent his toughest test to date.
News: Grabovski (concussion) felt good while practicing Friday and could play Saturday against the Stars, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Grabovski took part in Friday's session in a full capacity, joining Frans Nielsen and Cory Conacher on the Isles' second line. The team will reexamine him after Saturday's morning skate before reaching a determination on his status for the game later that evening, but if his concussion symptoms don't resurface, expect the team to activate him from IR.
Michael Grabner - #40 - Right Wing - 6'1" - 186lbs
News: Grabner (hernia) could start skating again next week, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Grabner is less than four weeks into his four-to-six week timetable, but appears to be nearing his first step towards recovery. He will need to start practicing with the team before he can rejoin the lineup.
News: Hamonic (upper body) will almost certainly not play in Saturday's game against the Stars, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
Impact: Hamonic will miss his second game in a row, but is still considered day-to-day. Lubomir Visnovsky will remain in the lineup in Hamonic's place.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson picked up his second win of the season Thursday.
Impact: Johnson stopped 30 shots in New York's 3-2 win over Boston. He is still behind Jaroslav Halak on the Islanders depth chart, but he's proved to be a more than capable back-up.
Cal Clutterbuck - #15 - Right Wing - 5'11" - 213lbs
News: Clutterbuck collected his first goal of the season in Thursday's win over the Bruins. It went down as the game-winner in the 3-2 victory.
Impact: Clutterbuck notched four hits defensively during the evening to bring his season total to 21, good for second on the team. The bottom-six forward should remain an asset in that category for the duration of the season, but don't expect him to contribute on the offensive end with much frequency.
News: Hickey (face) will play Thursday against the Bruins.
Impact: Hickey exited Tuesday's game against Toronto after suffering a cut to his face, but it was never viewed as serious enough to keep him out of further action. He'll occupy a spot on the Islanders' second pairing, where he'll be joined by a new partner in Lubomir Visnovsky (back), who was activated from IR on Thursday.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Bailey left Thursday's game with a hand injury and didn't return. He's been placed the injured reserve.
Impact: He's considered week to week.
News: Johnson stopped 30 of 32 shots in Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Bruins.
Impact: Despite going 17-4-3 as Boston's backup goaltender last year, Johnson wasn't re-signed in the offseason, as the B's elected to go with Niklas Svedberg as the backup to Tuukka Rask. He got some measure of revenge Thursday, showing his old team just what they're missing by defeating Svedberg, who was in net for Boston. Johnson's outplayed Jaroslav Halak in the early going, but the Isles will likely give Halak plenty of leash.
News: Bailey suffered a broken hand during Thursday's game versus the Bruins, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: There is no word yet on how long Bailey will be out of the lineup for or how he suffered the injury, but broken hands often take four-to-six weeks to heal. Bailey has managed two goals and two assists (including one on Thursday) through seven games this season, bouncing between the second and third lines.
News: Bailey left the game Thursday with a hand injury, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: There is no word yet as to the severity of the injury, but the fact that the Isles have already announced that he won't return to the game certainly is an ominous sign.
Colin McDonald - #13 - Right Wing - 6'3" - 210lbs
News: McDonald cleared waivers Thursday, Tim Wharnsby of CBC reports.
Impact: The Islanders dropped McDonald from their 23-man roster Wednesday after he had seen only limited minutes on the fourth line for the team to start the season. He'll report to AHL Bridgeport, with Anders Lee likely to be recalled to take his spot on the Islanders roster.
News: Visnovsky (back) was activated from injured reserve and will make his season debut in Thursday's game against the Bruins.
Impact: Visnovsky has been sidelined with back pain since late September, but he is ready to take the ice after recovering from his setback. He will take the spot of the injured Travis Hamonic (upper body) on the Islanders' second defensive pairing.
News: Hamonic will not play in Thursday's game against the Bruins due to an upper-body injury, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
Impact: The extent of Hamonic's injury is uncertain, but he is considered day-to-day with the setback. Lubomir Visnovsky will enter the lineup in Hamonic's place.
News: Johnson will be in goal for Thursday's game against the Bruins.
Impact: Fellow goaltender Jaroslav Halak was lit up for five goals in two periods in the Islanders' last game, so Johnson will get the start against his former team Thursday night. Johnson gave up three goals, but picked up the victory in his lone other start this season.
News: The New York Islanders recalled forward Anders Lee from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.
Impact: The 24-year-old Lee had three goals and two assists in five games this season for the Sound Tigers. The former Notre Dame player had nine goals and five assists in 22 games for New York last season.
News: Tavares scored his third goal in a loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
Impact: Tavares is off to a blistering start with three goals and seven assists in six games.
News: Leddy continued his strong start with the Islanders, scoring his third goal in Tuesday's loss to Toronto.
Impact: Leddy has never finished with more than seven goals so it will be interesting to see how quickly his goal-scoring pace slows down. He's scoring on a ridiculous 30.0 percent of his shots thus far - one of the highest percentages in the league.
Cal Clutterbuck - #15 - Right Wing - 5'11" - 213lbs
News: Clutterbuck has a leg injury for the Isles.
Impact: Clutterbuck's status is not known.
News: Hickey suffered a facial laceration Tuesday.
Impact: Hickey returned to practice Wednesday, according to the Isles' official Twitter account.
News: Lee is expected to be recalled from AHL Bridgeport before Thursday game against the Bruins, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: Lee was caught in a numbers game during preseason, as he was one of the team's few young forwards that could be sent to the AHL without having to pass through waivers. Not only will he be recalled by the Islanders, but there is a chance Lee could play on the second line with Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson, all of whom skated with one another at Bridgeport a season earlier.
News: Visnovsky (back) will more than likely be activated off IR and play Thursday against Boston, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: With the Islanders placing Mikhail Grabovski on IR, they now have a corresponding roster spot available to bring Visnovsky back into the fold.
News: Grabovski (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, with a retroactive date of Oct. 16.
Impact: Grabovski has been skating the last couple of days, but is still waiting to receive clearance for full contact. Once that happens, Grabovski will likely need to make it through a practice or two before the Islanders bring him back for games. His move from to IR will allow the Islanders to activate Lubomir Visnovsky in advance of Thursday's game against the Bruins.
Colin McDonald - #13 - Right Wing - 6'3" - 210lbs
News: McDonald was placed on waivers by the Islanders on Wednesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: The Islanders are expected to recall Anders Lee from AHL Bridgeport on Wednesday, with the expectation that he'll provide more offensive upside in a bottom-six role than McDonald offered. McDonald has appeared in only two games, averaging 10:38 of ice time.
News: Leddy bagged the game's first goal in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Leddy fired a wrist shot from the slot past Toronto's Jonathan Bernier for his third goal and fourth point in four games. He appears to be adapting quite well in moving from Chicago to Long Island, as he's seen an increase in scoring opportunities while averaging three minutes more ice time with the Isles.
News: Nielsen gathered his fourth assist of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Nielsen is still in search of his first goal of the season after potting 25 in 2013-14, but he's at least been a productive facilitator on the Isles' third line. Don't expect him to provide much value in the non-scoring categories, as he's never been an especially prolific hitter or shot blocker on defense.
News: Halak was pulled at the second intermission of Tuesday's loss to the Leafs after surrendering five goals on 23 shots.
Impact: Chad Johnson stopped five of five in his place. This represents easily the worst start of the young season for Halak, who'd generally been playing well to open the campaign. It'd make sense for him to take a seat on Thursday in a revenge game against Johnson's old Bruins mates.
News: Hickey was removed from Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs after suffering a cut on his face, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Hickey immediately retreated to the dressing room after gashing his face on either another player's skate or a collision with the boards during his final shift of the night. More should be known about his status Wednesday. He finished the night with a minus-3 rating over his 16:11 of action.
News: Visnovsky (back) doesn't look like he'll play Tuesday versus the Maple Leafs, Daniel Friedman of WFAN reports.
Impact: The Islanders suggested after Monday's practice that Visnovsky would be activated from injured reserve Tuesday to make his season debut, but with the defenseman not taking part in the pregame skate, it appears his return to the ice will be pushed back. He'll set his sights on rejoining the lineup Thursday in Boston.
News: Hamonic (undisclosed) will play versus the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: Hamonic had to leave practice early Monday, but all systems are go for Tuesday, as he is on the ice for pregame warmups.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamonic suffered an upper-body injury in practice, according to the New York Post.
Impact: Hamonic is considered day to day.
News: Grabovski (concussion) went through a light skate Tuesday morning, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Impact: Head coach Jack Capuano was encouraged by Grabovski's participation, calling it a positive sign in his recovery. Grabovski remains day-to-day for now, but with him back on the ice, a return should not be far off, so long as his concussion symptoms do not worsen.
News: Hamonic (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Impact: Hamonic was injured during Monday's practice, but he has a chance to play against Toronto after taking part in Tuesday's morning skate. Expect a decision on his playing status to be made during pregame warmups.
News: Halak will be the starting goaltender in Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Halak will look to get back in the win column after having a three-game winning streak snapped his last time out. He will face a Toronto squad that tallied just one goal in two games against the Red Wings over the weekend.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamonic left practice early Monday with an undisclosed injury, Newsday reports.
Impact: Hamonic was said to be in "obvious discomfort." He last played Saturday versus Pittsburgh, a game in which he was handed a game misconduct after instigating a fight. With Lubomir Visnovsky due to come off the IR before the game Tuesday, the Isles may end up playing it safe with Hamonic and holding him out a game or two.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Visnovsky (back) is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: The veteran blueliner has yet to suit up this season, but sounds like a safe bet to make his season debut Tuesday. He finished 2013-14 with three goals and eight assists in 24 games, and has been battling through injuries quite often over the last few years.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Halak stopped 35 shots on Saturday night.
Impact: Halak suffered his first loss and will try to bounce back Tuesday against the Leafs.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hickey scored the Islanders' lone goal in the loss to the Penguins.
Impact: The additions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy to the Islanders' blue line haven't resulted in a diminished role for Hickey, who is actually averaging a full minute (19:54) more than last season (18:52) through the club's first five games. Unfortunately, he's unlikely to parlay the added playing time into any meaningful fantasy production, given his lack of offensive aptitude. He's attempted just seven shots in five games.
News: Nelson's assist in Saturday's loss to the Penguins gives him eight points, including four goals, in the first five games of the season. He's picked up at least one point in four of those five games.
Impact: This guy has talent and he's really starting to show it this season. He certainly won't keep up this pace, but he should deliver you solid fantasy value this year. After all, he's getting time on the team's first power-play unit, and that's a recipe for output.
News: Halak made 35 saves in a 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night. He allowed two goals, both of which came on the power play.
Impact: He was so good he earned the game's third star. The Isles are becoming a force this season and Halak is one of the reasons why. He's a solid fantasy roll.
News: Grabovski was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms Friday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: This would explain the Islanders' rationale for ruling Grabovski out indefinitely after their practice Friday. The forward will be reevaluated early next week, with the hope that he'll be able to return to the ice before long.
News: Halak will be in the net Saturday against the Penguins, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Halak has ridden a hot Islanders offense to three wins in his first three starts, despite his rather mediocre ratios (2.92 GAA, .900 save percentage). He's expected to match up against the Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury in what could be a high-scoring affair.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Grabovski returned to action Saturday, finishing with two assists in a win over Dallas.
Impact: Grabovski had been out with an upper-body injury since Oct. 16 versus San Jose.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey has been moved up to the second line, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: Bailey will take the place of the injured Mikhail Grabovski. Grabovski is not expected to be out long so this could just be a short-term move, but for at least this weekend Bailey will line up on wing with Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski (undisclosed) won't travel with the Islanders to Pittsburgh for Saturday's game and has been ruled out indefinitely, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Though the Islanders haven't offered much clarity on the exact nature of his injury, it's possible that Grabovski is experiencing concussion-like symptoms as a result of the hit he took from the Sharks' John Scott on Tuesday. The Islanders will reassess Grabovski's condition when they return to Long Island after the weekend, but if the forward ends up missing subsequent games, a move to IR will likely be considered.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Halak made 20 saves in Thursday's 4-3 shootout win over San Jose.
Impact: Halak has yet to lose, going 3-0-0 with a 2.92 ERA in the early going.
News: Tavares picked up two assists and scored the game-winning goal in the shootout Thursday against the Sharks.
Impact: That's why he's the star. Tavares has delivered multi-point efforts in all four games to stat the year, giving him an amazing nine points in the early going. As long as he avoids injury, he's in for a huge season -- perhaps his best yet.
News: Okposo delivered two more points Thursday, scoring a power-play goal and adding an assist to push his season-opening point streak to four games.
Impact: He's got seven points -- four on the power play -- in his four games so far this year. Keep riding the wave with the red-hot Okposo, as he and John Tavares work great together.
News: Leddy scored a goal and added an assist Thursday in a shootout win over San Jose.
Impact: Two days after scoring his first goal with the Isles, Leddy came right back with his second. He should continue seeing plenty of offensive opportunities, so Leddy has a legitimate chance to exceed his career high of 37 points as long as he holds his top-pairing position.
News: Halak gave up three goals on 23 shots Thursday, but ended up beating the Sharks in the shootout.
Impact: The power of three: Halak's 3-0 despite having allowed three goals in all three of his starts. He'll need to improve his ratios, but the Islanders' offense has been explosive in the early going, which is huge in terms of Halak's win potential.
News: Grabovski (upper body) will not return to Thursday night's game, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: Grabovski was caught with his head down and was run over by the Sharks' John Scott. The head looked to be a legal one, so no supplemental discipline should be forthcoming.
News: Visnovsky (back) practiced with the team for the first time in nearly two weeks Thursday, Newsday reports.
Impact: Visnovsky also stated that his back is fully healed and it's just a matter of getting into playing condition before he returns to game action. Assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Visnovsky should play for the Islanders at some point early next week.
News: Grabovski left the ice after taking a hard hit from the Sharks' John Scott in Thursday's game, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Grabovski looked as though he may have sustained a concussion from the hit, as he appeared to be out cold on the ice before he was helped off by a trainer. The Islanders will run tests on him before a proper diagnosis of his condition is provided.
Griffin Reinhart - #8 - Defense - 6'4" - 206lbs
News: Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport on Thursday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: With Calvin de Haan recovered from the upper-body injury that resulted in his placement on injured reserve to begin the season, Reinhart will forfeit his job on the Islanders' third pairing. The former fourth overall draft choice was held without a point and turned in a minus-1 rating in his three games with the Islanders.
Calvin de Haan - #44 - Defense - 6'1" - 187lbs
News: De Haan (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Thursday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Though he suited up regularly next to Travis Hamonic last season, it appears de Haan will return to the lineup on the Islanders' third pairing with Brian Strait. The additions of Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk late in training camp may prevent de Haan from topping 20 minutes of ice time most nights or enjoying a regular spot on the power play, much to the detriment of his offensive production. Griffin Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport to make room for de Haan on the 23-man roster.
News: Halak will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Sharks.
Impact: Halak has given up three goals in both his starts so far, but still sports a 2-0-0 record thanks to the Islanders lighting the lamp 11 times in those two games. He may need some assistance from his offense again Thursday, as he'll be facing a San Jose team that has scored 12 times through three games.
Griffin Reinhart - #8 - Defense - 6'4" - 206lbs
News: Reinhart could be sent down to the AHL as soon as Thursday, Newsday reports.
Impact: Reinhart is still getting used to playing at the NHL level and has been caught flat-footed by the speed of opposing teams more than once. With Calvin de Haan just about ready to return to the New York lineup, Reinhart could be the odd man out.
News: Visnovsky (back) has yet to return to practice, Newsday reports.
Impact: Visnovsky has skated on his own for the last three days, but his back still isn't ready for contact. He was a sleeper pick for fantasy owners early in the draft season based on his previous track record of production, but given his inability to stay healthy for any length of time, as well as recent additions to the Islanders' blue line, Visnovsky may not quite be the asset he once was.
Calvin de Haan - #44 - Defense - 6'1" - 187lbs
News: De Haan (upper body) could return to the Islanders' lineup Thursday, Newsday reports.
Impact: De Haan has been out since the middle of training camp due to the injury, but has practiced for consecutive days and should either return Thursday versus San Jose or Saturday against Pittsburgh.
News: Grabovski scored a goal and registered an assist Tuesday against the Rangers.
Impact: Grabovski has scored on two of his six shots this season.
News: Tavares had a goal and an assist for the second straight contest Tuesday against the Rangers.
Impact: Tavares is off to an impressive start with two goals and five assists in three games.
News: Okposo scored his first goal and assisted on another in Tuesday's win over the rival Rangers.
Impact: Okposo has four assists through his first three games after finishing with a career-high 42 last season.
News: Nelson scored the game-winning goal in the Islanders' 6-2 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.
Impact: Nelson has come out of the gate scorching hot to begin the season, already compiling four goals and three assists in three games. The 23-year-old's production figures to trickle off eventually, but since he'll continue to maintain a spot in the team's top-six forwards as well as the top power-play unit, the dropoff may not be extreme. It's probably worthwhile to own Nelson in just about any format, at least until he cools.
News: Leddy capped off the Islanders' scoring Tuesday with his first goal of the season in a 6-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Leddy hasn't shined to the extent that fellow late-training camp blue line acquisition Johnny Boychuk (six points in three games) has, but he's still represented an upgrade to the team's defensive unit since coming over from Chicago. He's already averaging nearly two minutes more ice time per game than he enjoyed with the Blackhawks, which should ultimately prove helpful toward his counting totals. Furthermore, if the Islanders' 3-0-0 start doesn't prove to be too much of a mirage, Leddy may become an unexpected asset in the plus/minus category as well.
News: Boychuk contributed a power-play goal in Tuesday's 6-2 demolition of the Rangers.
Impact: With six points (two goals, four assists) in just three games, Boychuk is already one-fourth of the way to his point total from all of last season. Boychuk's hot run of production almost certainly won't last, but with the blueliner likely to receive the most ice time of his career at both even strength and on the power play this season, he'll be in prime position to set personal bests in nearly every category.
News: Johnson stopped 21 shots to earn his first win Saturday with the Islanders.
Impact: Johnson previously was in the crease for the Rangers, Bruins and 'Yotes.
News: Tavares had one goal and one assist Saturday for the Isles.
Impact: Tavares has five points as he is sizzling hot.
News: Nelson had one goal and one assist Saturday for the Isles.
Impact: Nelson had 26 points a season ago.
News: Boychuk had two assists Saturday for the Isles.
Impact: Boychuk has five points as he is tearing things up for the Brooklyn-bound franchise.
News: Okposo had two assists Saturday.
Impact: Okposo has three points but no goals so far.
News: Tavares notched three assists in Friday's 5-3 win at Carolina.
Impact: It was an impressive season opener for Tavares, who appears to be in for another big year. He has 69 points over 60 games since the beginning of 2013-14.
News: Nelson had two goals and two assists in Friday's 5-3 win at Carolina.
Impact: Nelson's four points were a career high. He could be in for a big year if his first game is any indication.
News: Boychuk had a goal and two assists in Friday's 5-3 win at Carolina.
Impact: It was a terrific Islanders debut for Boychuk, who is well on his way to surpassing his career-high 23 points set last year.