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Islanders lose Kulemin for six months following surgery

The New York Islanders announced on Monday morning that forward Nikolay Kulemin will be sidelined for six months following successful surgery for an unspecified upper body injury.

Kulemin was injured back on Nov. 7 against the Edmonton Oilers when he was on the receiving end of a particularly rough hit from defenseman Eric Gryba. Kulemin did not return to the game after that play and has not played since.

Now he seems to be done for the season.

You can see the hit that injured him in the video posted above.

Before the injury Kulemin had appeared in 13 games for the Islanders this season scoring one goal to go with two assists. His role had been reduced a bit in the early going this season, logging nearly two fewer minutes per game than he did a season ago when he recorded 23 points in 72 games.

Kulemin’s injury resulted in a recall for talented prospect Joshua Ho-Sang, who went on to score a goal in his first game back with the team.