After making the Calder Cup Playoffs in 2021-22 for the first time since 2003, the Bridgeport Islanders got off to a stellar start this season. Through October, the New York Islanders AHL affiliate went 5-1-1, as the longest-tenured AHL head coach, Brent Thompson, was getting the most out of his young prospects and veteran leaders.
But so far through November, the Bridgeport Islanders have struggled for various reasons to keep the winning up.
Through four November games, Bridgeport is 2-1-2-0.
Bridgeport has not announced their injuries, but Grant Hutton has not played since Oct. 29, and Chris Terry has not played since Nov. 1. With both out of the lineup, the AHL Islanders are 1-0-3 this month.
Thompson acknowledged last week that there are some injuries this AHL squad is dealing with but wouldn’t go into specifics.
“It’s day-to-day right now. There are obviously some injuries that we were dealing with, and it’s day-to-day for everyone right now, and that’s really the only reason those guys weren’t in the lineup,” Thompson shared with NYI Hockey Now following a 1-0 shutout at home against the Providence Bruins on Nov.6.
Chris Terry led Bridgeport last season in goals with 30, and this season, through seven games, he had eight points with two goals and six assists. Grant Hutton, he is a reliable defenseman on the backend, as well as a leader. He has one goal in six games.
With the talent on Bridgeport’s roster, these two absences should not hold the Bridgeport Islanders back from success. Still, it does show the importance of veteran leadership at the AHL level.
The Bridgeport Islanders are in third place in the Atlantic Division with a 7-2-3-0 record and are back in action on Friday, Nov. 18, at home against the Charlotte Checkers (6-4-1-1). Puck drop is slated for 7 PM ET.
NYI Hockey Now’s Editor-in-Chief Stefen Rosner contributed to this article