Kirby Dach will be sidelined all season with a right knee injury. The Canadian has now lost another key forward for an extended period of time. Misfortune continues to strike this organization.
Victim of a sprained left ankle, Alex Newhook will spend the next ten to twelve weeks on the sidelines.
Newhook was injured in the 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. He left the action for the first time in the first period by falling into a strange position against the tape. During the next period, he jammed his leg against the net while rushing towards Sergei Bobrovsky.
“You never want to lose a teammate for a long period of time. Newy has been playing very good hockey since he joined us. Losing him for all this time is bad,” said Sean Monahan.
“We were hoping for better news,” said Nick Suzuki. It’s unfortunate because he’s been playing really well lately. It creates a big hole in our training. »
Acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in June, Newhook scored seven goals and collected six assists for 13 points in 23 games. He was tied with Cole Caufield for the team’s leading scorer.
Kent Hughes gave a first-round pick (31st) and a 2nd-round pick (37th) in the 2023 draft to the Avalanche to obtain the player from Newfoundland and Labrador.
“I don’t think we’re shaken (by this news). You can never make a long term plan. It’s a constant reevaluation,” said Martin St-Louis, whose plan now is to reunite Caufield with Nick Suzuki and Sean Monahan on the first unit.
In the absence of Newhook, the CH recalled Mitchell Stephens from the Laval Rocket. The 26-year-old veteran amassed 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) with the Rocket.
– With the collaboration of Jonathan Bernier