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Slumping Isles bring up de Haan, demote Donovan

Nov 28, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

De Haan

Calvin de Haan is getting his shot.

The Islanders’ first-round pick (12th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft — 11 picks after New York took John Tavares No. 1 overall — de Haan has been called up from AHL Bridgeport in favor of fellow blueliner Matt Donovan, who is on his way down.

De Haan, 22, has only appeared in one career NHL contest, during the 2011-12 season, and missed almost all of the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign to a shoulder injury.

That was his third shoulder ailments three years, including one that cost him over a month of Bridgeport’s 2011-12 campaign (de Haan only played in 56 AHL contests that year.)

Now healthy, the former OHL Oshawa standout looks ready to break through for the Isles. The club is slumping badly and in need of a shakeup, which comes at the expense of Donovan, an offensive defenseman that has five points in 22 games this year while averaging just under 17 minutes per night.

Here’s more, from Newsday:

“If I go back during this stretch, if I’d seen that [being consistently outworked and outplayed], that would be one thing,” Capuano said. “It’s been small battles here and there that we’ve lost, and that’s been the message: One or two seconds can cost you.”

That message was sent Thursday to Donovan, whose giveaway in center ice led to the Jets’ second goal during a three-goal Winnipeg second period.

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  1. esracerx46 - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Sigh…. I really thought and had hoped the Isles were out of the doldrums. Hopefully they’ll get the ship sailing again.

    • jpelle82 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      its november…the season’s ship hasnt sailed off into the horizon yet. the islanders will certainly have some catching up to do though

  2. jpelle82 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    tale of two picks…1st and 12th, not that far off from each other to start but the gap couldnt be any wider at this point between the two. hopefully de haan can make the best of this opportunity…

  3. pftfan - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Deck chairs on the Titanic as far as I’m concerned. GM Garth Snow spent too much time doting on his young forwards and completely overlooked the duty of assembling a defense corps this past offseason.

    When all it takes is one injury to have Matt Carkner (!) as your number 3 defenseman, then your team was poorly built. This is completely on Snow.

  4. neeza06 - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Where were all these lock down d men begging to come to Long Island? Oh that’s right there weren’t any. And don’t make me laugh by saying bringing back streit. He’d help slightly cause at least he can start a breakout and has a good first pass but he’s 100% not worth his 4 year deal at 35. Blame snow for the goalie situation and I’ll give it to u but no big d free agents were available/willing to come to LI and defense is the strength of our farm system they just take longer to develop. Don’t act like one hot stretch in a lock out shortened season to sneak into the 8 seed changes all of the Long Island stigmas and gives us huge appeal for free agents.

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