The Islanders have placed D Travis Hamonic on IR (retroactive to Jan. 7) due to a lower-body injury.
Scott Mayfield has been recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL to take Hamonic's place on the roster.
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Wednesday that Hamonic was expected to miss "a couple of games."
Hamonic last played during the Islanders' 2-1 loss to the Coyotes on Saturday. The 26-year-old has two goals and 10 assists in 35 games this season.
Adam Pelech, who was recalled from Bridgeport on Jan. 5, is expected to get a chance to play regularly while Hamonic is out.
This could be a blessing in disguise. No, not because Travis has struggled this season, but because finding out what the Isles have in Mayfield, Pelech, and when he's eventually healthy, Ryan Pulock, could mean bolstering this club in their quest to be a cotnender next season.
Each of these youngsters has left an impression on the front office and the fan base alike in their relatively short stints with the club. And if the Islanders think all of these players can contribute in their own way, it opens up the playbook for GM Garth Snow or whoever is manning that chair come next season. Could the team finally acquire a top-flight winger to play with John Tavares and a d-man like Hamonic in a deal?
Maybe, but it would mean the team would have to lean heavily on guys like Pelech, Pulock, and Mayfield. And the only way to know if they're capable of shouldering that load is getting them minutes the next three months.