Sunday, September 25, 2016

Afternoon Training Camp Injury Notes (Sep 25)

The Boston Bruins suffered a pretty big blow to their training camp, as forward Frank Vatrano has now been sidelined for the next three months, due to a torn ligament in his foot.  If you were looking for one of those good sleeper forwards for the late rounds in the draft, Vatrano was certainly trending that way, as he was projected early on for a 30-point season, which would have made him pool-worthy at the draft.

Last season, the 22-year old appeared in 39 games for the Bruins, picking up 11 points and he was starting to make a name for himself with a hat trick against the Penguins in December.  Now, his value has been cut in half and he might be more of a mid-season Waiver Draft replacement, rather than that sleeper pick at the draft.

After being limited to only four games, thanks to a concussion, Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur was supposed to be on track for a bounce back year in the 2017 season. Well, his preseason hasn't even lifted off the ground, as he suffered a concussion in training camp after taking a big hit from Patrick Sieloff.  The team confirmed the diagnosis after he was lifted from practice today and there is plenty of pessimism moving forward, obviously.

We'll wait for a time frame before adjusting any sort of projections, but early on, I had him pegged for a 40-point season, hoping for a little bit more of a bargain pick.  Now, I would be exceptionally hesitant on even considering him.

It's seemingly a big day for concussions and its corresponding updates and on Sunday, the Dallas Stars are pleased to see forward Radek Faksa back on the ice after suffering a head injury in the World Cup of Hockey, playing for the Czech Republic.

Faksa, a 22-year old forward, has been toiling in the Stars' system for a few years now and last season, appeared in 45 games and picked up 12 points.  The early projections for the Czech forward was to keep that scoring rate on, coming into the 25-point range, but concussion trouble may put some people off.

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