Sound Tigers de Haan - Lost For Season
Sound Tigers defenseman Calvin de Haan (Photo: Pope Steve XXLVII) has been lost for the season with yet another shoulder injury.
The first indication of any problem, as is often the case today, came from Connecticut Post beat writer Michael Fornabaio in a tweet while covering the Sound Tigers/ WBS Penquins game on Saturday night:
Big save on Smith w/1M to go. C. de Haan was in the midst of that and skated straight off waving for the trainer.
This would have been de Haan’s second year as a professional and promised to be his breakout season. Had there been a training camp, it is very likely he would have made the Islanders roster as a second or third line d-man.
Selected in the first round of the 2009 draft, a mere eleven picks after the Islanders selected John Tavares, de Haan has all the tools necessary to be a top tier blue liner. His story is amazingly similar to that of another recent top pick, Mark Katic.
Katic was the Islanders first pick in the 2007 NHL draft, albeit in the third round as the Isles had no first or second round selections.
They share May 9th as their birthday and are both products of Ontario's strong junior hockey program, de Haan from Carp, ON and Katic from Porcupine.
Both showed promise and each has shown they have the talent to succeed at the next level and both had their careers sidelined by multiple shoulder injuries.
Mark Katic is presently enjoying success playing in Europe, as are a large number of NHL’ers, and de Haan is heading home for season ending surgery, a procedure similar to one that Katic underwent.
With another year left on his entry level deal, assuming the NHL honors some of the contracts they have signed, de Haan will most certainly have another opportunity to succeed and we all wish him well in his recovery.
Best of luck to you Cal,
From all of your friends in Bridgeport, on Long Island and across the hockey landscape. God speed.
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