Oct 22, 2012, 4:00 PM EST
The New York Islanders suffered a major blow on Monday when it was revealed prized defensive prospect Calvin de Haan — taken 12th overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft — suffered a shoulder injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.
The injury occurred over the weekend with de Haan playing for the Islander’s AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. According to reports, the 21-year-old skated off in the final minute with what was later revealed to be a separated shoulder.
The fact it’s a shoulder injury is awful news for both the Isles and de Haan, who has a history of problems in that area.
This is his third shoulder ailments three years, which includes one that cost him over a month of Bridgeport’s 2011-12 campaign (de Haan only played in 56 AHL contests last season.)
de Haan made his Islanders debut last season in a 3-2 loss to Dallas, playing 13:01 while finishing plus-1 with two shots on goal. He was expected to challenge for a job on New York’s blueline this season.
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