New York Islanders Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Ladd (lower body) won't be ready to return to the lineup when the Islanders resume play Feb. 1, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Ladd has three goals and four assists in 14 games this season. He has been out of the lineup since Nov. 13 and still doesn't seem to be all that close to a return. Even when healthy Ladd hasn't returned anywhere near the value expected when he signed his contract prior to the 2016 season. That's a sunk cost at this point in time. When healthy Ladd will return to this third-line role and shouldn't be considered a fantasy option at this point in time.
News: Hickey (upper body) won't be ready to return to the lineup when the Islanders resume play on Feb. 1, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Hickey hasn't played since suffering the injury Dec. 17 in Colorado. Although the Islanders have yet to announce the exact nature of the injury, a concussion is the likely culprit. Hickey was thought to just be day-to-day at first, but like with all injuries,, each player heals at his own pace. When deemed healthy enough to return, Hickey may be brought back slowly as the Islanders all of a sudden have more defensemen than they know what to do with. Unless a roster move is made, someone not worthy may have to be a healthy scratch each game.
News: Dal Colle was loaned to AHL Bridgeport on Wednesday.
Impact: Islanders coach Barry Trotz is trying to instill confidence in the 22-year-old, who celebrated his first NHL goal against the Devils last Thursday. Selected fifth overall in the 2014 draft, Dal Colle failed to make the team out of training camp, but he's played on-and-off since his Nov. 18 debut. We wouldn't view his loan to Bridgeport as an outright demotion since the Isles are off until Feb. 1 due to the All-Star break and bye week.
News: Toews was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport on Wednesday.
Impact: The Islanders are off until Feb. 1, which means Toews and Michael Dal Colle, who was also reassigned Wednesday, will continue drawing into games for the sake of expediting their development. Based on a previous report, it sounds like there's a good chance Toews will ultimately return to the Islanders even if seventh-year blueliner Thomas Hickey (upper body) comes back after the All-Star break.
News: Lehner made 38 saves in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago.
Impact: The shootout loss was just the second time since Dec. 18 that Lehner had been defeated, as he's posted an 11-1-1 record over that span. The Islanders' netminder has been one of the hottest goalies in the league since Christmas. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in the shootout to lead Chicago to just its 18th win of the season, ending New York's five-game win streak in the process. Lehner remains the league leader in both GAA (2.02) and save percentage (.931).
News: Barzal scored his 14th goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: While he's been racking up points at a steady rate, the goal ended a six-game goalless drought for Barzal. The 21-year-old, coming off an 85-point rookie campaign, is averaging 0.92 points per game in 2018-19, continuing to showcase himself as one of the best young playmakers in the NHL. Barzal also finished Tuesday's loss tied for the team lead with 2:16 of power-play ice time.