On Monday, the NHL Department of Player Safety came down on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty for his hit on Penguins defenseman Kris Letang over the weekend, a hit you can see below. Pacioretty was handed a 3-game suspension for the hit, as it was cited that he could have made a better attempt to hit Letang's body when he came across the ice to hit him, catching his head in the process.
The Canadiens will certainly miss his presence in the line-up over the next week, as Pacioretty has been putting up some excellent numbers in the 2012 season, 10 goals and 9 assists in 24 games. He currently ranks 55th in pool scoring to this point in the season and will likely drop a little this week, due to this league-enforced absence.
The biggest effect on the draft that this will have will be the games missed, as this isn't big enough for Allan S. to consider dropping Pacioretty, as he has been one of his best players this season. Allan has his pick coming up shortly in the waiver draft, as he had a meteoric fall in the standings last week and dropping one of his best players for the next week will not help his team bounce back from the fall. Allan's team goes into Tuesday's action in 14th spot, 34 points out of 4th place, the last money spot in the standings.