What’s keeping Hamonic out of the lineup exactly isn’t known yet, it’s just being listed as an upper-body injury. But now the Isles are without, like it or not, one of their top pairing defenceman.
Hamonic’s absence will likely force coach Jack Capuano to push Johnny Boychuk back into a top pairing with Nick Leddy. Although Boychuk himself isn’t looking 100% after last nights game.
After falling awkwardly into the boards trying to kill a penalty, Boychuk had difficulty just skating off the ice on his own. Luckily he was able to come back and finish the game. Maybe more ice-time isn’t what the doctor ordered for Boychuk.
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With Hamonic gone for the net few weeks, they need to dip into the farm system to fill the gap. The natural selection would be Adam Pelech. Ryan Pulock would have been the first name on the list, but he’s out with a broken foot after coming into the lineup when Nick Leddy sat out a game earlier this season.
Pelech, a left shot, is on the final year of his entry-level contract with the Islanders. Sent down to Bridgeport before the season started, he’ll be looking to prove he’s got something to offer the Islanders.
The news just keeps on getting worse for the Islanders. First, we lose a bunch of games. Then our arena makes headlines for being bad at making ice. Then our starting goalie wants to leave because he doesn’t like to share. And now this. I thought bad news only came in threes?