Update: Kyle Okposo has been released from Buffalo General Hospital, where he has spent the past five days in the neurosurgical intensive care unit, per a report from Tom Martin of WIVB in Buffalo. It is still unknown what illness plagued Okposo and forced him to go to the hospital.
Original Report: Kyle Okposo is starting to show signs of improvement from an unknown illness that has hospitalized the former Islanders forward for the past five days, according to a report from the Associated Press.
There is no timetable for when Okposo would be released from the hospital, according to the AP source. Okposo has been at Buffalo General Hospital’s neurosurgical intensive care unit undergoing tests since Sunday and has been sidelined with the illness since March 28.
“It’s something we’re all playing with right now,” Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma told the AP. “It’s a difficult situation and a difficult time for Kyle and his family, and one we want to do everything we can to be with him and help him through the time that he’s in right now.”
Okposo’s former teammates expressed concern for him on Thursday ahead of the Islanders win over Carolina. Okposo had spent nine years with the Islanders organization and was drafted seventh overall at the 2006 NHL Draft.
“Obviously the concern just is with him and his family,” Cal Clutterbuck told reporters on Thursday. “It’s a tough time. He’s got two young kids and he’s got a wife who is obviously concerned, as we all are. It’s just tough to see somebody going through something like that, but I think he’s in good hands.”
Okposo appeared in 529 NHL games as a member of the Islanders organization and recorded 369 points (139 goals, 230 assists) during that span. He has 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists) with the Sabres this season.