Islanders get Kyle Okposo back Tuesday

After missing roughly a month and a half due to a detached retina that he had surgery for, New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo will be back in the lineup on Tuesday, per the team’s Twitter feed.

Okposo last played on Jan. 19. “It was really scary,” Okposo recalled. “I had some blurry vision after the Philly game [on Jan. 19]. I was driving home to my daughter’s [first] birthday party and I knew something was wrong. “That whole night, it didn’t get better. So I went in, saw the retina specialist right away and he said, ‘You have a detached retina and we need to do surgery right away.’ It was pretty scary and there wasn’t a guarantee I was going to see again. You definitely stop and pause after you hear that.”

 

Okposo enjoyed a breakout season in 2013-14 and he’s continued to dominate this season. Although the Islanders might decide to ease him into the lineup, he should take over his spot alongside John Tavares sooner rather than later. That will cause Anders Lee to drop in the depth charts.

Fantasy hockey players should definitely adjust their lineups accordingly. If Okposo is available he is a must start in all-league formats.

This was an unfortunate injury, for a player who has been coming into his own over the past couple of seasons. Last year, Okposo enjoyed a career-high 71-point campaign. This season, he continued to improve putting up 44 points in 46 games. Getting Okposo in the fold, just before playoff time, only makes the New York Islanders that much more of a threat to put a storybook ending on their magical season.

This franchise finally has the player death to be considered a legitimate Stanley Cup contender for the first time in decades.  A healthy Okposo is better than any trade deadline acquisition…