According to Katie Strang New York Islanders all-star defenseman Mark Streit will miss up to six months after injuring his shoulder in training camp practice. Striet—who was checked by teammate Matt Moulson into the boards—fell awkwardly and hurt his shoulder.
According to multiple sources, Islanders defenseman Mark Streit is out six months with a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder.
Streit, who suffered the injury during the third period of Saturday’s Orange vs. Blue scrimmage, will likely require surgery but will seek out a second opinion this week.
Streit is expected to visit shoulder specialist Anthony Miniaci at the Cleveland Clinic, the same doctor that repaired Doug Weight’s shoulder back in March.
Streit, who had 11 goals and 38 assists for 49 points last season, was clearly the best Islander on the ice night in and night out. He was great in his own zone, put up great numbers in the offensive zone and helped the Islanders transition game immensely. His absence will hurt the Islanders power play badly, and it will also put a ton of pressure on a very young defensive corps.
If the reports of Streit missing six months are true -- Strang is also reporting that Streit will go for a second opinion -- then this is a devastating blow to the Islanders. Streit is not only a leader on this team but also one of their best players, and was leaned on heavily last year.
We’ll keep you updated on this situation as it progresses, but you can also get more analysis from Lighthouse Hockey.
#2 / Defenseman / New York Islanders
Dec 11, 1977