Just days after informing everyone the team's star defenceman Mark Streit was out indefinitely (now has a roughly six-month time table) with a shoulder injury, the New York Islanders announced one of their key young stars will also miss a large portion of time due to shoulder surgery.
Forward Kyle Okposo will reportedly miss two to three months as he requires surgery to heal his ailing shoulder.
Considering Streit and Okposo posted 101 points (5.75% of the team's scoring), one would call this a major blow to the Islanders' offence to say the least.
Okposo was probably slotted to play on the same line as John Tavares and the team's leading-goal scorer Matt Moulson (30 goals in 2009-10) it's a huge loss for the Islanders and everyone else in fantasy hockey land who had banked on his production to help them this season.
Sure, he'll be back in December to help out, but how strong will the shoulder be right away and how long will it take him to get things going after missing two or three months? It could be quite some time before the 22-year-old winger is back to game form. With these two injuries, Tavares's numbers could also be affected as both Okposo and Streit were power-play players for the Islanders.
I guess this will be a true test to whether or not Tavares is ready to lead a team himself.