The Anaheim Ducks have a number of injury concerns going on, as they finalize their roster for opening night, Wednesday in Colorado. Getting put on the Injured Reserve on Monday, retroactively, included a couple of pool players, forward Jakob Silfverberg and defenseman Luca Sbisa. Both players are eligible to come off the IR when they are healthy, but neither may be available for opening night, as they are both questionable.
Silfverberg has been skating with the team, while Sbisa has not and both of them are dealing with lower-body injuries. More will be known, likely on Wednesday. They should still be considered day-to-day, since there is no actual timetable, so there is some positives in there somewhere.
Silfverberg was drafted by Stacey M. in the 12th round, 270th overall, while Sbisa was taken by Ryan V., 14th round, 315th overall. Neither were very high picks, but both were likely looked upon as reasonable sleeper picks late.
The New Jersey Devils' roster was set this afternoon and the team has decided to designate their captain, Patrik Elias, to the Injured Reserve to start the year, as he is dealing with a nagging undisclosed injury.
Elias has been put on the IR retroactively, so he will be eligible to come off the list, when the team opens up their season, Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Chris M. took Elias in the 4th round, so there is a lot riding on this injury in the early part of the season. There is a belief that Elias should be ready for Thursday night, but all the mystery that surrounds his injury really is making everyone skeptical. Stay tuned!
In the final preseason games on the schedule on Sunday night, there were reports that Travis Hamonic suffered an injury in one of the Islanders/Senators split squad games. There was no mention of what kind of injury it was, all that was said was that he would be re-evaluated on Monday.
Hamonic was Clayton's 13th round pick, finishing up his defensemen, so there is very little expectation on his season, but given where the Islanders are and how they are shaping up, he could be in line for a pretty good season.
Looks like Grant Clitsome will be starting the season on the Injured Reserve, retroactive to the 26th, with an undisclosed injury. Clitsome will be eligible to come off the list on Thursday, which means he'll miss opening night against the Oilers, but he'll be eligible for their home opener against the Kings on Friday.
No word on the extent of the injury, so there is very little to speak on.
It looks like Stacey C. will have to be patient on this one, but on the plus side, it looks like Zach Bogosian, who he also has, should be ready to go for tomorrow night in Edmonton. Clitsome was Stacey's 14th round pick, so there are very few expectations as a whole, but will be looked upon as a sleeper.