MacDonald Out Four to Six Weeks
The injury bug continues to bite the Islanders as Andrew MacDonald is the latest victim to sit. According to Chris Botta at Islanders Point Blank, the young defenseman will be out four to six weeks with a hand injury that required surgery today.
Each year the Islanders have started the season with an abundance of defenseman. This year was the same story but with a few different faces in Eaton, Wisniewski, Jurcina and Mottau. In the recent past, MacDonald and Jack Hillen would be the odd-men out trying to find their way into the line-up. That wasn't the case this year for A-Mac. Scott Gordon was hoping to see #47 contribute more offensively on the power play since he has already shown the potential to be a steady defensive-minded blue liner. MacDonald hasn't scored any points in 7 games this season and is +1.
However, this does create an opportunity for either Hillen or Bruno Gervais to enter the line up and get a chance to prove themselves. Hillen is a reliable defenseman and it appears that he has only been sitting due to the fact that there is simply just not enough room to for him to play. With MacDonald's absence, Jack has a chance to remind the coaching staff why he is here.
Gervais, on the other hand, has been with the team for years now and is likely to stay in the press box unless Gordon decides to rotate him in a few games. He has had trouble establishing himself as a top-six defenseman and really needs to find a way to earn himself some playing time.
Tomorrow night the first-place Islanders will play the Florida Panthers at 7PM.
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