Since making his Islanders debut in 2010-11, Travis Hamonic's career has been marked by injuries and subpar defensive play, culminating with the 2016-17 season, which has quickly spiraled into one that Hamonic would like to forget.
With 13 points, Hamonic has the lowest point total of his career, not including the 48-game lockout shortened season of 2012-13. He has failed to play a full season since that year, only appearing in 81 percent of all scheduled contests.
He has also been very inconsistent in his own end. Hamonic was a -8 in that lockout year and -5 last year, going +27 over the other four years of his career.
This season, he is an alarming -21 as he struggled early to gel with Nick Leddy and suffered a serious knee injury that cost him two months.
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Hamonic has grown into one of the team's emotional leaders on and off the ice, earning himself an 'A' on his sweater with the offseason departures of Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo.
He has not looked right since coming back from injury, but let's be honest here, he didn't necessarily look right before, either. A standup player who never shies away from the media, good or bad, win or lose, or defending a teammate in need, it's tough to see Hamonic going through this kind of 'throwaway' season.
Thursday night it was more of the same, as the Jets were allowed to cruise the slot unimpeded for clean looks at Thomas Greiss. On one sequence, Hamonic proceeded to partner with Thomas Hickey to screen Greiss on a Nic Ehlers slapshot, only to forget about Bryan Little cruising to their right. Little, expectedly, slid the rebound of the shot off the post into the open net to tie the game and turn the momentum New York had built over the first ten minutes.
Since plus/minus typically fails to tell the entire story, let's look at Hamonic's 5v5 Corsi numbers. After running 47.5 to 50 percent over the first six years of his career, Hamonic is at a career-low 42.9 in 2016-17. You have to respect that Hamonic stands up for his poor play, never refusing to answer questions about it, or the negative effect it might be having on the team's win-loss record, but it's been the worst season of his career by a large margin.
Interim head coach Doug Weight seems to be noticing as well. Hamonic played only 14:30 in the loss, his lowest time on ice not affected by penalties or injury, since March 10, 2013, when he played 13:43 against the Penguins.
But after last season's trade request was rescinded, GM Garth Snow really had little option, or perhaps desire, to move Hamonic at this year's deadline, when Matt Duchene was the ultimate prize that nobody received.