An errant high stick from a follow through during a Mikhail Grabovski shot caught Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger around the eye area in the 1st period of their match-up against the Leafs on Monday night and it looks like it will keep the veteran defenseman out of the line-up for a few weeks.
It sounds like the worst part of the injury is the swelling around the eye, which will keep Pronger on bed rest for the next couple of weeks and then it will be at least another week after that before he is expected to re-join the line-up. Everything is very precautionary at the moment and rightly so, as dealing with eye injuries properly is very important.
I think it is safe to say that Pronger will be sorely missed out of the Flyers line-up, because he is off to such a strong start at the moment, scoring 1 goal and adding 6 assists in the first eight games of the season for the Flyers. He's currently tied for fourth in defenseman scoring in the early part of the season, so his impact may be felt on the scoresheet and the win column before too long.
This injury will also come as a pretty big blow to Scott G.'s draft team, who has been taking advantage of the great work that Pronger has done early on this year. Scott is currently tied for the pool lead in defenseman scoring with 18 points, with Pronger's 7 points making up a good chunk of that statistic. Scott also finished Monday night in 4th spot in the standings, only 3 points back of 3rd place and 19 points back of 1st place, so it will be interesting to see where he lands before Pronger returns to the line-up.