Poised to make the team out of his second NHL training camp, 2010 first round pick Nino Niederreiter suffered a frustrating setback Friday when he was forced to leave the Islanders 1-0 loss with a groin injury.
Niederreiter sustained the injury after delivering a hit late in the first period and will be evaluated tomorrow.
"I made a hit behind the net and then the guy just fell on top of me and my upper groin hurt a little bit," Niederreiter said.
Although the 19-year-old Swiss winger appeared on the bench for the start of the second, he lasted only nine seconds into his first shift back.
"It just felt like I had no strength so that's why I felt like I should go off and see what it is," Niederreiter said. "We don't know exactly what it is, so we'll see tomorrow."
The former fifth overall pick was sent back to his junior club last season after playing nine games with the Islanders, but appeared ready to crack the lineup for good this season. The gritty forward has been used primarily with the team's top line of Matt Moulson and John Tavares.
"Definitely, it's frustrating," Niederreiter said. "Maybe I'll get the strength back overnight and I can play tomorrow."
Said coach Jack Capuano:
"He's been playing extremely well for us. We'll re-evaluate him tomorrow and see what happens."