Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bouchard Suffers Another Concussion

The Minnesota Wild have announced that they have placed forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard back on the Injured Reserve, as he has been suffering from concussion-like symptoms.  Bouchard's symptoms have been stemmed back to a game against the Jets, when he was hit by defenseman Zach Bogosian, but the player had seemingly tried to play through these symptoms, but it came to a point on Tuesday, where he couldn't go much further.

Concussion problems have plagued Bouchard in his career, having missed out on the entire 2010 season, because of post-concussion syndrome, so this is a very scary situation for the 27-year old.

Even with the Wild having a pretty good year, to this point, Bouchard has not had a tremendous year, rather it has been mediocre-to-good.  In 37 games, Bouchard has 9 goals and 13 assists, which is just a touch better than half a point-per-game, good enough for 172nd in pool scoring, after Monday's action.  It's not a bad placement to be in, but I think it would have been fair to expect a little bit more out of the playmaker.

ImplicationsA concussion to Bouchard will likely keep Derek W. down at the bottom of the draft pool, which is a big shame, because his team recently became completely healthy.  Derek is only 6 points out of 20th spot, going into Tuesday night's action and is safely 21 points up on 22nd.

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