Only days away from the 2016 World Cup of Hockey starting, Team Canada may have just lost another player. According a report from Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin sustained a knee injury during pre-tournament action that is likely to cost him his spot on Canada’s roster. A replacement could be named as early as Wednesday morning, Kypreos reported.
Seguin appeared in both of Canada’s pre-tournament games against the United States. It is unclear when he sustained the injury, but he did briefly leave the first exhibition against Team USA after a scary feet-first spill into the boards. Seguin left the game briefly, but returned and played the very next night, recording an assist in the while logging 12:28 of ice time.
After Seguin dealt with injuries over each of the past two seasons, you would have to think the Stars don’t want him taking any chances. Their captain, Jamie Benn, already had to pull out of the tournament since he hadn’t fully recovered from offseason surgery. A little extra rest before a season full of expectations would do Dallas’ most important forwards a lot of good.
Since Seguin has joined the Stars, he has been one of the league’s most consistent offensive performers. Over his three years in Dallas, Seguin has produced 234 points in 223 games.
Based on the timeline Kypreos reported for recovery, Seguin should be good to go soon before NHL training camps open.
As for Canada, it has a plethora of good replacement options if it is forced to bring someone in for Seguin. According to reports, teams will have up to 24 hours before the tournament begins to name an injury replacement. With only a maximum of two skaters healthy scratched, there’s not a lot of depth to take a risk by keeping potentially injured players on the roster. If there is enough doubt about Seguin’s readiness, he should probably be sent home.
It will surely be disappointing for Seguin, who has never represented Canada in a major world championship event, but it’s better to err on the side of caution.
Source: CBS Sports / Report: Canada’s Tyler Seguin could miss World Cup of Hockey due to knee injury