Islanders prospect and UConn freshman Ruslan Iskhakov was carted off the ice after getting knocked out by a scary hit during the Huskies' game against Quinnipiac Tuesday night in Connecticut.
Iskhakov, who was drafted by the Islanders in the second round of the 2018 NHL Draft, carried the puck into the offensive zone in the third period when Quinnipiac's Brogan Rafferty left his feet to deliver a crushing blow to the 18-year-old's head.
The 5-foot-7 Russian forward quickly collapsed to the ice, where he remained motionless. After several minutes, Iskhakov was able to move his arms and legs and gave the crowd a thumbs-up as he was taken off on a stretcher en route to a local hospital.
Rafferty was assessed a five-minute charging major and game misconduct for the play.
"I didn't know what to do," UConn head coach Mike Cavanagh said after the game, per WTNH. "When that happens you just pray that the kid's going to be OK. From what I hear, he is moving and is going to be OK."
A UConn spokesperson told Collegehockeynews.com that "all tests were normal and (Iskhakov) was released from the hospital. He is currently back on campus in Storrs and is doing well. He will be evaluated on a game-by-game basis with no timetable set for a return."
Iskhavov, the No. 43 overall pick in this year's draft, was playing in his second game with UConn after tallying a goal and an assist in his NCAA debut against Army last week.
Last year, he tallied six goals and 24 assists in 33 games with Krasnaya Armiya Moskva in the Russian junior league.