Travis Hamonic hasn’t played since January 12 due to a concussion, but he appears close to returning soon for the New York Islanders. This is outstanding news for the Isles, who only just recently managed to snap a five-game losing streak that saw them plummet down the standings in the tightly packed Metropolitan Division.
The 23-year-old defenseman took part in a full practice on Wednesday according to Arthur Staple of Long Island News Day. He wasn’t wearing a no-contact sweater, which is especially noteworthy since Hamonic is looking to bounce back from head trauma. This indicates that he’s passed the NHL’s concussion protocol and is symptom free.
Through 47 games this season, the rugged defender has collected one goal and added eight assists, but he’s primarily known for his capabilities in his own zone. When Hamonic is one top of his game, he’s hitting everything that moves and is a strong shot blocker. His 24 points in the 2011-12 season seemed to indicate some offensive upside, but he’s struggled to match those totals over the last year or so.
He’s still young and promising at this point though, and a big part of New York’s future on the blue line. Once he’s able to get his legs back under him, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Hamonic start to produce a bit more offense from the back end.
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