The Islanders forward, who sustained the injury last season, will be out for 4-6 months. Last year, towards the end of the season, Prince suffered a high ankle sprain. He then played through the injury throughout the last half of the season. Shane hoped that the sprain would heal during the offseason with rest but obviously, it did not. This created a situation in which doctors recommended that the player undergo surgery.
Last year Prince was a -9 while also netting 5 goals and 13 assists in 50 games. Those stats aren’t too impressive if we’re being honest. But, the point is that the Islanders aren’t losing a player who does a lot of scoring, they are losing a player who does a good job at being a high intensity, high impact player who is always making a difference on the ice with his lightning quick skating ability. The only benefit to come out of this may be that extra roster spot. That spot pretty much guarantees that Barzal will start this season. This will also let Ho-Sang and Barzal develop chemistry. They did not get that opportunity last year because of how it was one or the other between the two. Overall though, Prince as a presence on the team, will be missed by the Islanders.
Prince had this to say on Twitter today
— Shane Prince (@ShanePrince18) August 14, 2017
The Unofficial Twitter Account for the YeSUV tweeted this
— YeSUV (@IslesWhiteSUV) August 14, 2017