Thursday, December 28, 2017
Islanders Sideline Boychuk Week-to-Week
The New York Islanders have placed defenseman Johnny Boychuk on the Injured Reserve on Thursday, saying that he is currently week-to-week with a lower-body injury. They have also gone ahead and engaged a lot of confusion in our near future, recalling defenseman Sebastian Aho from the Bridgeport Tigers of the AHL, now making two players with the same name in the league. We'll all have a lot of fun with that.
The Islanders defeated the Sabres last night, 3-2 in overtime, and Boychuk led all skaters for the home team in ice-time, playing nearly 25 minutes, so no one was expecting this injury news to hit, but he must have been playing through something in this game.
Boychuk leaves the Islanders lineup ranked 438th in overall hockey pool scoring, having 3 goals and 9 points in 34 games this season. He has been a solid player for the Islanders at both ends of the ice, being a plus player this season.
Brenda & Seward have been having plenty of injury trouble in this holiday season, now adding Boychuk to this list. Fortunately, it sounds like Devan Dubnyk will be making a start for them here soon, so they are trading a defenseman for a goalie on the list, but losing Alexander Wennberg is also a big loss. Getting into the top half of the standings is job one for the duo, but they are 13 points back of 12th and now without two players moving forward. It's going to be a tough slog still.