Alan Quine was loaned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Thursday morning on a conditioning assignment. Quine has been out since September 12 with an upper-body injury and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
"We are going to try to play him and get his legs underneath him as far as game shape," Head Coach Doug Weight said. "This game is fast now and we had an excellent talk with him. He's looked great on the ice."
Quine started skating again on September 26, but the Islanders have taken a slow approach with their forward, who suffered a similar injury last season.
"With the same injury last year we wanted to be extra careful because he came back and had some issues," Weight said. "We want to make sure he's ready to go play, I think it was important missing camp for him to go get some games in."
NHL conditioning loans can not exceed 14 consecutive days. The Sound Tigers play in Hartford on Friday night and at home against Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. Next week, Bridgeport plays on at Providence on Friday and Sunday and hosts Springfield on Saturday.
The 24-year-old scored 18 points (5G, 13A) in 61 games last season, his first full year in the NHL.
Despite being in Bridgeport, Quine is on the Islanders active roster. Quine had to be activated off IR to be eligable for the conditioning assignment, which allows him to report to Bridgeport without passing through waivers. Josh Ho-Sang was reassigned to Bridgeport on Wednesday to keep the Islanders from going over the 23-man roster limit. Ho-Sang is waiver-exempt, meaning he does not need to pass through the waiver process when going between the NHL and AHL.