The New York Islanders have announced that defenseman Andrew MacDonald is scheduled to undergo season ending hip surgery to repair a labral tear. The rehabilitation process will likely be in the 3-to-4 month range, which should give him plenty of time to get himself back up and ready for training camp in September.
With the Islanders on the verge of being mathematically eliminated, another body on the injured list won't make too much of a difference. If the Islanders can get all of their injured player back to 100% for next season, they should be a decent team in 2012.
MacDonald finishes his 2011 season with 4 goals and 23 assists for 27 points in 60 games with the Islanders, taking on a regular spot on the blueline by the time of his injury. Going into Friday's action, MacDonald was ranked 293rd among all players in pool scoring, 50th among defensemen. Those kind of numbers may give him some real consideration next season in the draft.
In the draft this year, MacDonald was a waiver draft pick-up for Wayne H., picked in the 1st round of the second waiver draft. Since the pick up, Wayne collected 10 points in 23 games, but that'll now come to an end.
Going into Friday, Wayne sits in 11th spot, 6 points back of 10th and 1 point up on 12th. There is some movement that can still happen here.
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