The injury-riddled New York Islanders
finally got some good news on Thursday when forward Kyle Okposo
was the lineup for the first time this season.
The 22-year-old right wing, second on the team last season with 52 points, was in the lineup for the Isles' game against the Washington Capitals
at the Nassau Coliseum. Okposo missed the Islanders' first 44 games after he tore the labrum in his right shoulder during training camp and underwent surgery on Sept. 28.
Okposo, the No. 7 pick in the 2006 draft, has 39 goals and 96 points in 154 games in parts of three NHL seasons.
The Islanders also welcomed back center Frans Nielsen
, who missed seven games with a groin injury. They were 1-4-2 without Nielsen, who was in the starting lineup, skating on a line with Okposo and Michael Grabner