After plenty of speculation, the New York Islanders announced defenceman Mark Streit would be out indefinitely with a shoulder injury he suffered in during a scrimmage game.
Streit, the team's top defenceman and power-play specialist, crashed into the boards after colliding with forward Matt Moulson. Immediate reports had Streit lost for the season, but the Islanders remain hopeful he will be back with plenty of games left on the schedule.
In his first two seasons with NYI, Streit tallied 27 goals and 105 points. He represented the Islanders at the All Star game in Montreal in 2009 in a season which saw him post 16 goals and 56 points.
His absence will leave a major hole in the team's blue line depth and will leave the team hunting to get it filled.
The Islanders finished tied for fourth last in the 2009-10 season, and weren't expected to do much more this year, but this blow will surely keep them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference... Especially if the initial reports are true and Streit is lost for the year.
If that is the case, we'll all surely here this soon enough:
"With the first overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders select..."