The New York Islanders are off to good start to the season as they currently sit in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division with 20 points, just four points behind the first place Pittsburgh Penguins.
Captain John Tavares is having a great season with 13 goals and 19 points through the first 17 games of the final year of his current contract. However, the team has likely lost one of their bottom six forwards for the rest of the season.
The Islanders announced today that Nikolay Kulemin underwent surgery to repair an undisclosed upper-body injury. He will be out of action for six months which essentially ends his season.
#Isles Injury Update: Nikolay Kulemin had successful surgery (upper body) and will be out for 6 months.— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) November 13, 2017
The injury occurred when Kulemin was boarded by Edmonton Oilers defenseman Eric Gryba back on November 7. He left the game shortly after the hit and did not return.
The Kulemin injury report opened up a roster spot for top prospect Joshua Ho-Sang, who scored a goal in this first game back from the American Hockey League.