The updated status of New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic was a serious downgrade, as the veteran defenseman is now expected to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with his upper-body injury.
Reports are saying that Hamonic suffered the injury while blocking a shot, but the details thereafter were not quite there. It's hard to even suggest what the injury could be, unless it was a broken bone, possibly in his hand, which would cause the timetable.
Hamonic has been decent this season, as noted earlier this morning, scoring 2 goals, adding 3 assists and spending 23 minutes in the penalty box in his first 12 games of the season, but that will likely be all he can muster in the first segment of the season, as the earliest he would be expected back would be the start of Week Nine, which opens the second segment of the season.
The question then remains, what will Ryan do at the Waiver Draft, since he would be coming back in time and he might have a pretty good Waiver Draft selection spot, come time. In the midst of action on Sunday evening, his team sits in 18th place, 14 points up on last place, and now down two defensemen for the time being. It's not a worst-case scenario, but one that could work against him and force his team a little bit lower and into mini-game consideration.