Islanders forward Rob Schremp is out for the year with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Schremp suffered the injury during the first period of Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Philadelphia and did not return after leaving the ice. He is expected to undergo surgery, although the date is yet to be determined.

Schremp, who the Islanders claimed off waivers back in October, has 7 goals and 18 assists for 25 points in 44 games for the Islanders this season.

The loss of the 23 year-old highly-skilled center is the latest for an already-depleted Islanders squad.

The trade of Andy Sutton to Ottawa and the season-ending foot injury to Andrew MacDonald last week led to a seriously hobbled blue line that has forced call-ups Dustin Kohn and Dylan Reese to try to fill the void.

But the injuries extend beyond the team’s defensive corps.

Before receiving the news on Schremp, the Islanders were faced with several other troubling prognoses in the past two weeks.

Blake Comeau has missed one game and appears likely to miss more with back pains, top-6 forward Trent Hunter is out 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury and goaltender Rick DiPietro remains out indefinitely after being  placed on injured reserve with knee swelling last Monday.

Not only do the Islanders face an energy-sapping West Coast road trip next week, but a daunting schedule over the next 16 games that ends with two games against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins and one against the New Jersey Devils.

Now the Islanders may be making that sprint to the finish line with a noticeable limp.

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