Breaking: The worst is confirmed for former 12th overall pick

You have to feel for this kid... huge blow to the team.

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According to a report from Sportsnet NY’s Andy Gaziano, New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan will miss the rest of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

The Islanders placed de Haan on the IR earlier this week after it was feared that he may have to undergo shoulder surgery. Now that the worst case scenario has been confirmed, de Haan will undergo surgery and spend the rest of the season rehabbing and prepping for 2018-19 season. 

The former 12th overall draft pick of the Islanders in 2009 is finally coming into his own as a top four defender in the NHL, playing the third most minutes of any Islanders blue liner this season. The 26-year-old has one goal and 12 points in 33 games this season and looked poised to have a career year in 2017-18. 

Islanders head coach Doug Weight admitted that the loss of de Haan will be a tough pill to swallow. “A big piece of our defense,” said Weight in describing de Haan. “Having a really good year, a little anonymity behind it, but he’s a great skater, defends hard, he’s fearless blocking shots.”