Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Vatanen Suffers Concussion
New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen was on the wrong end of an ugly hit into the boards on Monday night against the Penguins, as Derick Brassard nailed him pretty good. Vatanen was forced from the game and has missed practice both on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the team reporting that he is out indefinitely with a concussion. There is no timetable for his return and with a concussion, it is anyone's guess.
Vatanen has 4 goals and 17 points in 46 games this season, good enough for 337th in overall hockey pool scoring, 64th among all defensemen.
Troy now has a big decision to make in the Waiver Draft, whether he does it with his pending 2nd round pick or uses a bonus round pick, on how he wants to move Vatanen ahead of the stretch run of the season. Troy picked up Vatanen in the 9th round, 223rd overall and now doesn't know how long he will be without the Finn. Troy's team is in 8th place, 28 points out of the money and really needs a healthy team to cover those points.