Incredibly big setback for the Anaheim Ducks, as they lose their top defenseman, Lubomir Visnovsky, for upwards of four weeks to a broken finger, which he suffered in Friday night's game against the Canucks. The Ducks were able to win that game against Vancouver, but the cost of the win may be incredibly great, as Visnovsky has done a marvellous job leading the offense from the back end.
Visnovsky's start to the 2012 season has not been indicative of what he has done from the blueline as a member of the Ducks, having only 1 goal and 3 assists in 16 games, but having led all defensemen in scoring last season, raised many expectations for him and his team going into this season. You may even be able to tie the slow start for Visnovsky into the slow start for the Ducks, who currently sit near the bottom of the Western Conference, despite their win last night.
In the draft, Visnovsky belongs to the pool leader, Wayne H., who has seen some pretty big leads in the pool already this year, but only sits with a 5-point lead going into Saturday night. The loss of Visnovsky may still be considered significant, as it may be fair to assume that he was about ready to break out or at least score at a more reasonable pace, which would help keep teams away from 1st place, possibly even pad the lead.
We shall see in a month what the loss of Visnovsky may have meant, especially since this is the only injury that Wayne has on the books to this point.