Sunday, November 22, 2009

Kronwall Joins the IR

The Red Wings are another team not enjoying the season worth of injuries that they are suffering from this year. Niklas Kronwall now joins the list of long-term injured Red Wings this weekend, as he had a knee-on-knee collision with Montreal's Georges Laraque, which will now keep him on the shelf anywhere between 4-to-8 weeks with a sprained MCL.

Kronwall's presence has a lot more to do with his physical play and defensive prowess more than his offensive numbers, but he does get the puck to the net on many occasions. In 21 games with the Wings, he has five goals and eight assists, which is pretty decent production from the blueline. Kronwall ranks fourth on the Red Wings in total ice-time on the team, which is a pretty big hole to fill for some of the young Red Wings defenders.

ImplicationsIn the Draft, this is horrible news for John P., who could have used another defenseman, if Kronwall is potentially going to miss the whole next jersey competition. John also sits 13th, but injuries (up until now) haven't been necessarily been the problem, as he ranks 4th in skater games played with 240, heading into Sunday's action.

Kronwall is a very popular player in Box 12, being picked 17 times, which is far and away the most popular. At 13 points for the season, Kronwall is also the best bet for points, ranking number one in that box, but that will be short-lived with his long-term injury. Sheet teams may want to consider Cam Barker as a replacement.

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