The Islanders officially recalled Nino Niederreiter Monday from his conditioning stint in Bridgeport. The 19-year-old forward, taken fifth overall by the Islanders in the 2010 draft, will make his season debut Tuesday against the Rangers.
Niederreiter, who remained with the club for the for the first nine games last season before being sent back to his junior team, was expected to crack the team's roster out of training camp this September but was sidelined with a groin injury.
The Swiss winger began the season on injured reserve and was sent to the team's minor-league affiliate November 1 on a conditioning assignment; he finished with three goals and one assist in six games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Losers in nine of the last ten games (1-6-3), the Islanders hope to inject some life into their lineup and jump-start their struggling offense with the addition of Niederreiter.