Reports have surfaced on Tuesday morning saying that Flames forward Mikael Backlund suffered a broken finger in practice on Monday and is now slated to be out of the line-up for anywhere between 2-to-6 weeks.
With the Flames opening their regular season on Saturday night, the Flames are saving a little bit of useful time with Backlund on the shelf, but as he is poised to likely take on a top six role, he'll leave somewhat of a hole in the team's line-up for a while this season.
If the worst-case scenario does come to fruition, Backlund would be looking at a mid-November return to the line-up, but depending on which finger is actually broken, his return could be hastened with proper treatment and game-ready protection.
In the draft, he'll start on the shelf for Leon G., who took Backlund down in the 13th round of the pool, 268th overall. Backlund is Leon's last forward, so the expectations should be lowered in that sense, but obviously, he was taken as one of the sleepers on his team, hoping for a bump up in production in the 2012 season.