Islanders D Alan Quine is out 4-6 weeks due to an upper body injury, the team announced Tuesday.
A sixth-round pick by the Isles back in 2013, Quine played his first full season in the NHL last year. He notched 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 61 games.
It's a tough blow for Quine, who really could have used the training camp to make an impression on Doug Weight. But for one of the younger players in camp (namely guys like Matt Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier), Quine's misfortune creates a huge opportunity.
If one assumes that Tavares, Eberle, Lee, Nelson, Bailey, Ho-Sang, Kulemin, Clutterbuck, Cizikas, Ladd, and Chimera are locks, that leaves a one-to-two spots open, and Barzal and Beauvillier are prime candidates to fill those positions. I think it was a safe bet that one of those players was going to make the Opening Night roster, but now with some extra playing time available, both really stand solid chances.
If Barzal can prove he's ready to center the third line, Beauvillier could find himself on that wing. Of course, that only should be the case if Weight is ready to play both players every night. Otherwise, some final seasoning at Bridgeport makes the most sense.