Thursday, December 15, 2011

Michalek Out With a Concussion

A very unfortunate turn of events for the Ottawa Senators, as their leading goal-scorer, not to mention the NHL's leading goal scorer, Milan Michalek, was hurt in a collision with teammate Erik Karlsson on Tuesday night, having to leave the game against the Sabres. On Wednesday, the day of the team's game against the Boston Bruins, it was announced that Michalek suffered a concussion in the collision and that he will be out indefinitely, because of the injury.

Michalek was having an amazing start to the regular season, scoring 19 goals and adding 6 assists in 31 games for the club, good enough for 50th in pool scoring, through Wednesday night's action and tops among all goal scorers, as previously mentioned.

Daniel Alfredsson was the player that jumped into Michalek's spot on the top line for the Senators against the Bruins on Wednesday night, but that wasn't enough for the team to pull out a win at home to the champs, but it does lump all of the team's real offensive power onto one line, which is shady, at best.  I think it is fair to say that things are not looking too rosy for the Senators, until Michalek has a return date in mind.

ImplicationsRemarkably this season, Michalek wasn't taken in the original draft done in September, but he was among the first players taken in the first waiver draft of the year, taken 4th overall to Peter H..  Before the injury, Peter was able to get five games out of the forward, where he scored 3 goals in that time, but he'll now have to wait until he is healthy again to start making that charge up the standings.

When Peter had taken Michalek in the waiver draft, he was in 19th place, as of Thursday afternoon, Peter still stands in 19th place, already losing ground to Ryan M., who leap-frogged him since the waiver draft, a week and a half ago.

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