The Islanders Informer
by William Morrison on 11/01/11 at 02:58 PM ET
Nino Niederreiter, the 5th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been listed as day-to-day after suffering a groin injury in the preseason. The Islanders have been patient with Neiderreiter’s groin injury to this point. Nino participated in his first full practice with the team yesterday and has been skating for the past week or so. Nino probably won’t be ready to go when the Isles take on the Winnipeg Jets Thursday on Long Island, but hopefully will be in the lineup on Saturday night against the Washington Capitals or Monday against the Boston Bruins.
Nino can bring a lot to this Islanders team, who has struggled recently and is a team in desperate need of secondary scoring. The Isles are on a five game losing streak and have only managed seven goals in those five losses. Niederreiter has great potential as a finesse winger, but can also provide strong two-way play and can get physical around the net when necessary.
Initially, Nino may be tried out on different lines to see where he fits best. The Islanders have been lacking secondary scoring all season and the team certainly hopes that he can provide them with a much needed scoring boost and tough, physical forward play.
When Niederreiter comes back, my guess is that he will probably start as the right wing on the third line with Blake Comeau and Josh Bailey. The third line has struggled mightily so far this season and I think Nino can provide that line with a much needed spark and scoring touch. In nine games played this season, Bailey has recorded zero points and is a -3. Comeau has appeared in seven games and has also recorded zero points and has posted a -1. The Isles coaching staff needs to try something to get Bailey and Comeau going and, hopefully for Isles fans, adding Nino to the third line will do just that. At times, Nino may play the right wing on the fourth line with Matt Martin and Marty Reasoner, with Brian Rolston playing on the third line with Comeau and Bailey just to see how Nino plays with Martin and Reasoner. However, the fourth line has played great so far this season and Capuano might not want to mess up the chemistry that the fourth line has formed.
Isles fans should be excited to see Nino back on the ice. If Niederreiter stays healthy all season and forms some chemistry with the third line, he could very well contend for the Calder Trophy.
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Edit: 7:16PM: Per the NY Islanders, Niederreiter was assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. I’m assuming that Nino will only be in the AHL for a couple of games for conditioning purposes. He may not return on Monday against Boston, but might be with the Isles on the road trip. After the game Monday in Boston, the Isles play next Thursday at Colorado and next Sunday at Vancouver.
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