Fulton native Robbie Schremp will spend the first month of so of the National Hockey League season on the injured list.
Schremp was injured Friday when he was cross-checked by New Jersey Devils forward Brian Rolston.
Schremp suffered a lower back strain when he was hit.
The injury is a case of bad timing for Schremp.Â The Islanders are two days from trimming the team roster to 23 players for the season, with the regular season starting this weekend.
Schremp played 44 games for the Islanders last year, his first year of regular play in the NHL after playing 7 games over 3 seasons with Vancouver.Â He scored 7 goals and had 18 assists before suffering a knee injury that ended his season in March.
The Islanders signed him to a one year, restricted contract after the season.
Schremp changed his jersey number in the offseason, going back to the 44 he wore when he scored 145 points with the OHL London Knights in the 2005-06 season.
Schremp told Cory Twibell of Three Villages Times last week that he was excited about the season ahead:
â€œWe built so much last year as a team, and at the end of the year I felt like we played good hockey and seeing camp now, all the guys are flying around, everybody looks good. Itâ€™s exciting so we need to come out early swinging.
â€œItâ€™s going to be a hungry group, weâ€™re all excited because we come to camp and we see, â€˜Look at Johnny (Tavares) skating right now, look how good he looks, look at Ricky (DiPietro), he looks good, look at Kyle (Okposo) and how much stronger he looks,â€™â€ said Schremp.
Schremp said he has a goal for the season, but is keeping it to himself.
One fantasy sports website expects Schremp to score 50 points for the Islanders over the course of a full season.