The Islanders announced that F Shane Prince had ankle surgery and will be out 4-6 months.
As the press release mentions, Prince was battling a high ankle sprain at the end of last season. After rehabbing on his own, he felt more discomfort and alerted the Islanders' medical staff.
They tried to further rehab the injury, but they found it in Prince's best interest to have surgery. He received the surgery, and is doing well.
Prince has been with the Islanders since 2015. He played in 50 games last season where he tallied 18 points (five goals, 13 assists).
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Tough break for Prince, the speedy, 24-year old who never quite recovered from an ankle sprain last season and is now lost for the next four to six months.
Although he has only scored eight goals in 70 games since joining the Islanders, he had a quality playoffs in 2015-16, scoring three goals in 11 games when New York defeated the Florida Panthers before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Prince uses his speed to create opportunities on the offensive end and as an effective penalty killer, to a slightly lesser degree like Michael Grabner used to before the latter moved across town to sign with the rival New York Rangers.
Thought to have a battle in training camp, which starts in approximately four weeks, for a roster spot among the Islanders forward group, the picture now becomes a little more clear among the team's starting twelve, with Alan Quine now assumed to be the only true player on the outside looking in before the skates get laced.