The New York Islanders have placed forward Shane Prince on the injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 15, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. Prince suffered a lower-body injury during the Islanders’ Saturday evening loss to the Washington Capitals.
A concrete timetable for his return has not yet been established, however.
New York acquired the 23-year-old from the Ottawa Senators last February. Prince, a Rochester, New York native, was originally selected by the Senators in the second-round (61st pick overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He played in only two games with Ottawa’s professional team in 2014-2015, registering one assist in 21 minutes of action.
The following season, the Senators traded Prince along with a seventh-round pick to the Islanders in exchange for New York’s 2016 third-round draft choice.
In total, he tallied six goals and 11 assists last season, accumulating 696 minutes of ice time. Most of that production came with Ottawa, as 42 of the 62 games he played in came with the Senators. He registered three goals and two assists for the Isles, taking the ice for 250 minutes. He also posted a plus-minus of plus-3.
Prince then proceeded to score three goals for the Islanders during the postseason. Then, over the summer, New York signed the 5-11, 185-pounder to a two-year, $1.7 million deal. He was expected to see more playing time in 2016-2017, but this injury obviously throws a bit of a wrench into things.
The Islanders, who have started out their season 0-2, will host the Anaheim Ducks, who are also 0-2, at the Barclays Center at 6 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday evening.