According to Arthur Staple of Newsday on Tuesday, Calgary native Thomas Hickey of the New York Islanders will miss the first month of the 2015 National Hockey League regular season with an upper body injury. Hickey suffered the injury while blocking a shot in the Islanders’ 3-1 pre-season loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday evening.
Hickey, who was the fourth overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Kings in 2007, had two goals and 20 assists for 22 points in 81 games. Even though Hickey played a complete season for the Islanders, one area of concern is that the veteran defenseman was only a -12. In fact, Hickey had the worst plus-minus for the Islanders in 2014-15.
Now with the injury to Hickey expect to see Calvin de Haan and Brian Strait to see more ice time. De Haan, who is a native of Carp, Ontario, has a very bright future ahead. Entering his third season with the Islanders, De Haan played three strong seasons with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League and won back-to-back silver medals for Canada at the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships. He was the 12th overall pick by the Islanders in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft.