The New York Islanders have two players who have been in-and-out of the lineup over the past two years in Shane Prince and Alan Quine. They are also two unlucky players who have been dealing with nagging injuries. There is one question that is very important to look at in this case: Where will Quine and Prince fit in the lineup once they are healthy?
On September 12th, the Islanders announced that Alan Quine would be out four-to-six weeks with an upper body injury, and on Saturday, Quine was sent to Bridgeport to go on a six-game conditioning stint; he has one goal and is -1 in two games. It seems like Quine is not playing healthy in Bridgeport, as he is having trouble catching up to his opponents on the ice. Quine has four games remaining on his conditioning stint, and it seems like he is destined for the AHL. When he is done rehabbing, I believe that Quine will be waived, and hopefully, sent to Bridgeport.
On August 14th, the Islanders announced that Shane Prince will miss another four-to-six months following ankle surgery to repair the ankle that he tried to address via non-surgical rehab. Prince definitely looked lost towards the end of last season, and the thought of not having surgery at first was, and still is, a little confusing. He will be out until at least late December, and even when that time comes, don’t expect him to be ready. However, when he is fully healthy, expect him to be either a depth forward or waived, but there could be a chance that someone like Jason Chimera could be waived and Prince can get in the lineup.