Monday, February 23, 2015

MCL Injury for Krejci

The undisclosed injury that kept Boston Bruins forward David Krejci out of the lineup on the weekend turned out to be a major knee injury and it will likely keep him out of action for the better part of the schedule.

The news came down that Krejci suffered a partially torn MCL in his knee and it is expected to keep the 28-year old Czech out of the lineup in the neighbourhood of 4-to-6 weeks.  The NHL calendar is now in the 21st week of a 27-week season, meaning there is only about seven weeks left to play.  The Bruins positioning for the playoffs is also a concern, obviously, as they go into the week in the last wild card spot in the East, but are 3-5-2 in their last 10 and the Panthers and Flyers are coming for them.  If the Bruins are to fall out of playoff contention before Krejci gets back, I would have a hard time believing they'll push him back into the lineup at all.

This season could be summed up as a bit of a bust for Krejci, as he'll only have appeared in 38 games, scoring 7 goals and 26 points.  Going into Monday night, he'll be ranked 227th overall in pool scoring, well down from last season, where he finished with 69 points and ended up 34th overall.

The projections for him were going down, I had him around 60 points going into the year, but you cannot really foresee injuries, when you start talking about projections, unless he is on the injury prone list.  Krejci hasn't had a full season worth of games since 2010, so he is inching closer to being on that list now.

In this year's pool, Benson took him with the 75th pick in the 4th round, which didn't seem to be an outrageous selection, but given his current standing, his season really was a bust.  Benson had been doing well, rocketing up the standings, as he was in last place at the end of Week Twelve and going into Week Twenty-One, he was in 11th, 3 points out of the top 10.

Hard to say if this will break his season, since he hasn't had a lot of time with Krejci anyways, but it certainly won't help his cause any.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

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