News:Travis Hamonic added two assists in the 6-4 win Game 4 over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Analysis: That's the good news; the bad is that he was also minus-2 in the game, as he is still having some issues trying to keep up with the Penguin forwards.
News:Travis Hamonic scored his second goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic is never going to be an offensive defenseman. His skills lie more in the defensive end of the rink, and he has even had problems there at times.
News:Travis Hamonic (ankle) will play Thursday versus New Jersey, according to Newsday.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic missed practice Wednesday but that was just a precautionary measure, he was never in any danger of missing Thursday's game.
News:Travis Hamonic (ankle) missed practice Wednesday, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: This is more than likely just a precaution as Travis Hamonic was able to play 25+ minutes versus Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
News:Travis Hamonic (ankle) will play Tuesday against the Penguins.
Analysis: This was expected after he took part in morning skate, and he'll reinforce the Isles' defense against the high-scoring Penguins. Travis Hamonic has gotten off to a quick start this season, scoring three points and delivering 14 hits and five blocks over five games.
News:Travis Hamonic (ankle) took part in the Islanders' morning skate Tuesday, according to the Islanders Point Blank.
Analysis: While this is obviously a positive sign, skating in practice and playing in a game are two different things. Even if he is healthy enough to play Tuesday, the Isles are playing the high-scoring Penguins. Might be best to sit him on the bench either way.
News:Travis Hamonic, who left the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Sunday night in a walking boot, has a sprained ankle and is unlikely to play against the Penguins on Tuesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic appears to be taking advantage of the absence of Lubomir Visnovsky on the blue line, chipping in three points (1 G, 2 A) through five games this season. Assuming that this injury doesn't sideline him long, Hamonic could be a nice early-season pickup if you can stomach the risk associated with his plus/minus (minus-1, thus far) going forward.
News:Travis Hamonic (concussion) checked out OK after playing back-to-back games with AHL Bridgeport over the weekend, New York Newsday reports.
Analysis: It was Travis Hamonic's first game action since Dec. 2, and after he took and doled out some hits over the weekend, it appears he'll be fully available for the Islanders when the season starts. Hamonic returned to Long Island to participate in Sunday's practice and should once again work with Andrew MacDonald on the team's second pairing this season.
News:Travis Hamonic (concussion) has been cleared for contact, according to Islanders Point Blank.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic hasn't been cleared to play yet, but it looks like that should come within the next couple of days, and he should be go for the probable season opener on Jan. 19.
News:Travis Hamonic (concussion) has resumed skating, according to Newsday.
Analysis: The Islanders have suffered a few losses during the lockout -- Travis Hamonic's concussion, Michael Grabner's groin, and now Lubomir Visnovsky not wanting to come back to the States. Hamonic could be ready to play by the time the season is set to begin, but that will all depend whether any other symptoms reappear.
Isles' Hamonic (Concussion) To Resume Skating Monday
News:Travis Hamonic (concussion) is expected to resume skating Monday, New York Newsday reports.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic has been out since December 2 with the concussion. If Hamonic's session checks out without any incidents Monday, he should be available if training camps open up at some point next week.
News:Travis Hamonic has been out since early December with a concussion, according to the Islanders Point Blank.
Analysis: If and when the NHL season begins the Isles can't afford to lose any of their defenders, it's by far the weakest part of the team.
News:Travis Hamonic was sent to the minors on Friday, according to ESPNNewYork.com.
Analysis: The Islanders sent multiple players to the AHL in preparation for a potential NHL lockout. Travis Hamonic had two goals, 22 assists, and totaled 73 penalty minutes for the Islanders last season.
News:Travis Hamonic posted a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to Washington.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic certainly has not lived up to preseason expectations, but is attempting to salvage the season. He has five points in the last two games, with 19 points on the season and a strong 71 penalty minutes to go with a handful of hits.
News:Travis Hamonic (nose) is expected make his return to the lineup Friday against the Rangers, ESPN's Katie Strang reports.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic has been out since Feb. 4 with a broken nose. He has posted 12 points (1G, 11A) and 57 PIM in 51 games for the Islanders this season. While Hamonic isn't much of a goal scoring threat, his plus-4 ratio is indicative of his ability to pass the puck.
News:Travis Hamonic (nose) has been taken off injured reserve, the Islanders' official site reports.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic has been out since February 4 and his return will bolster the Isles' blue line, given that he is the team's best defensive defenseman.
News:Travis Hamonic (nose) skated for the second straight day Wednesday, according to Newsday.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic is targeting for a return to action. He's been out since February 4. He took a puck to nose and needed surgery to repair the damage. When healthy is the Isles' best defensive defenseman, but fantasy owners shouldn't be counting down the days for his return.
News:Travis Hamonic, who has been out since February 4 when he took a deflected puck to the nose and required surgery, is scheduled to return to the ice for practice on Monday, according to Newsday.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic was placed on injured reserve Friday to make roster room for Kevin Poulin, but that was considered just a paper transaction. He still could be back by next weekend if all goes well and he quickly gets accustomed to his new full-face shield.
News: The Islanders have placed Travis Hamonic (nose) on IR, ESPN New York reports.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic received surgery on his nose at the beginning of the month after taking a puck to the face in a game. He was originally expected to only miss two weeks with the injury, but will obviously be out longer. The Islanders will be eager to get him back when he's eligible.
News:Travis Hamonic (nose/face) has yet to skate after undergoing surgery to repair his nose, according to Newsday.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic may still return within that two week timetable that was initially forecast for him, but he is still several days away from skating. The Isles miss his presence on the blueline as they have very little depth on defense. Hamonic has a bright future with the Islanders as a second pair defenseman.
News:Travis Hamonic needed stitches and required surgery to repair his broken nose, and he will be out two weeks, the team's official Twitter page reports.
Analysis: The 21-year-old unfortunately took a puck to the face Saturday night. Travis Hamonic's production is down from a season ago. He posted 26 points (5G, 21A) and 103 PIM in 62 games last year. Through 51 games this year, Hamonic has 12 points (1G, 11A) and 57 PIM. If you've been using him, be sure he's on your bench for the time being.
News:Travis Hamonic was taken to the hospital after taking a deflected slap shot off his face in Saturday's game against Buffalo, according to a report on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
Analysis: There was no word on his condition; it may come overnight. Travis Hamonic's offensive production has been down this year but his defensive game has grown in leaps and bounds. He has already surpassed his hit totals and is about to obliterate his blocked shots total, too. The impact was ugly, though, so we're hoping for the best.
News:Travis Hamonic grabbed an assist and doled out seven hits in Tuesday's win over Carolina, giving him two points in the last four games.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic's numbers have been improving steadily the last month, but he is still proving himself valuable in leagues that reward hits and penalty minutes. Expect this upward trend to continue and now might be a good time to pounce on the youngster.
News:Travis Hamonic suffered no serious damage after leaving Tuesday's game early with a foot injury.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic played a full complement of shifts both Thursday and Friday and is none the worse for wear.
News:Travis Hamonic left Tuesday night's game with a foot injury, Newsday reports.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic limped off the ice after blocking a shot with his foot. His status for the rest of the game is unknown.
News:Travis Hamonic was busy in Friday's 1-0 loss to the Devils with seven hits and two blocked shots, but he has just two assists on the season and is a minus-6 in the last six games.
Analysis: To be fair, the Islanders have been shut out in over one-quarter of their games, but Travis Hamonic is struggling offensively along with his teammates. The Isles have been shut out in three of their last four contests, but owners were expecting more from Hamonic following last year's breakout. The only categories in which he's been consistent are hits and blocked shots. He has just two fights on the season and one in the month of November.
News:Travis Hamonic finished Thursday's loss to Winnipeg a minus-2 with five penalty minutes and three shots on goal in 15:49.
Analysis:Travis Hamonic has been starting a bit slowly with just one assist at this juncture of the season. The only categories in which he is piling up numbers are hits and blocked shots to go along with 19 penalty minutes.
News:Travis Hamonic registered an assist in Monday's win over Minnesota, his first point of the season.
Analysis: Through two games, last year's waiver find has seven penalty minutes and an assist. Expect more of the same from Travis Hamonic, who put up 26 points in 62 games last season with 103 penalty minutes.
News: Hamonic had a goal and an assist Friday night as the Islanders fell to the Penguins 4-3 in a shootout.
Analysis: The 20-year-old defenseman is having a great year for a rookie, with four goals and 21 assists to go along with a plus-7 rating and 101 penalty minutes. Hamonic could be a nice addition in keeper leagues next year as he has a lot of room to grow.
News: Hamonic scored Saturday. He has four points in his last four games.
Analysis: He's been a revelation this month... to the tune of three goals, eight assists and 62 PIMs in 14 games. The combination of offense and muscle is a real rarity. He may be lurking on your waiver wire. Go get him now.
News: Hamonic tallied a pair of assists and was plus-2 while recording 21 penalty minutes in the win over Florida on Monday.
Analysis: He had a pair of instigator penalties, after a hooking penalty earlier in the same period, before a five-minute fighting major and a game misconduct sent him to the showers early. Hamonic has been showing signs of producing offensively and with his fists recently, chipping in nine points over 11 February games while racking up 52 penalty minutes during that span.
News: Hamonic scored his first NHL goal in Tuesday's win over Atlanta.
Analysis: It took 30 games for Hamonic to pick up his first NHL tally. He's one of the top young players in the Islanders system, but his offensive talents are limited and he isn't projected to provide much fantasy value.
News: Hamonic has been recalled by the Islanders on an emergency basis, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Hamonic will take the place of Mike Mottau, who is out of the lineup after taking a puck to the eye Sunday in Atlanta. Hamonic is a top prospect in the Islanders organization but not someone who needs to be added to your fantasy team at this time.
News: Hamonic was back on the ice Wednesday, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Hamonic left practice early Tuesday with an unknown injury but practiced on Wednesday and is playing in the game versus Philadelphia.
News: Hamonic (undisclosed) left practice early Tuesday, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Hamonic missed part of last season with a shoulder injury, and with the rash of those going around the Islanders team right now, it wouldn't surprise anyone if his shoulder is acting up again.