Andy Graziano and I are taking a look back at the 2016-17 Islanders and analyzing each player's performance in a down season that saw the team miss the playoffs by one point.
We will be offering two reviews per week that will take us right through to the beginning of training camp in September.
11- Shane Prince - LW
24 years old
Contract: $0.850m cap hit, signed through 2017-18 (RFA)
Season: 50 GP, 5 G - 13 A - 18 Pts, 18 PIM, 71 Shots, 12:58 TOI, 42.4 Corsi
Career: 114 GP, 11 G - 25 A - 36 Pts, 28 PIM, 161 Shots, 11:59 TOI, 46.2 Corsi
After scoring three goals in his first 20 games as an Islander in 2015-16, combined with an impressive showing in the Isles' two round visit to the postseason, some fans expected Prince to continue to take a step forward last year. But the hockey gods conspired against the talented winger and it never allowed his season to get off the ground.
Prince suffered an injury in training camp that limited him to just four games in October. Still, he got out of the gate strong with two goals and two assists in those four contests. It felt clear, though, that Prince never really had his legs under him.
A winger who is inclined to shoot the puck at all times, Prince had an abysmal 42.4 even-strength Corsi. His last goal of the season came on New Year's Eve against the Jets, and Prince was never really a factor for the remainder of the year.
This offseason, we came to find out why -- Prince played through a high ankle sprain for the majority of the 2016-17 season. It finally brought clarity to a situation that was aching (pardon the pun) for some. Prince was in and out of the lineup so much, whether he was declared injured or not, that it really didn't make a lot of sense.
Unfortunately, the news didn't get much better for Prince, as he's set to miss four-to-six months after surgery on his ankle this offseason. The timing of the injury couldn't be worse for Prince, who is entering a contract year. Based on how the Islanders' young forwards continue to develop, he'll have an uphill climb ahead of him after his recovery.
IPB Grade: D.