Injury report: Who’s hurt? How badly? Updates here

Mike Drover

2016-10-29

Montreal prospect Jacob De La Rose is out week to week with a lower-body injury.

 

Hey, everybody, it’s your pal @NHLFantasyGuy coming at you with the first monthly  instalment of the DobberProspects IR Report. In this report we’re going to break down some key prospect injuries for your favorite teams to help you make better-informed decisions.

 

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the DobberProspects team scouts for their input. Without the contributions of our whole staff, this report would not have been possible.

 

Injury News

 

The St. John’s Ice Caps announced injuries to Max Friberg and Jacob De La Rose on Friday. Friberg is day to day with an undisclosed injury, which doesn’t seem serious. De La Rose, however, was less fortunate and is being called week to week with a lower-body injury. De La Rose, a former second-round pick for the Canadiens, has only one assist in six games for the Ice Caps this season. Friberg and De La Rose are solid prospects for the Canadiens, and this will be a big loss for their club.

 

Speaking of big losses; Ryan Pulock, star defensive prospect and potential difference-maker for the New York Islanders, has been sidelined with a lower-body injury. Pulock’s recovery time is stated at four to six weeks. Adam Pelech, another skilled defender in the Islanders' system, has been called up in the interim to fill the void left by Pulock’s departure. Pelech is also a strong prospect for the Islanders but is definitely not as highly touted as Pulock. Expect Pelech to get into the bulk of Islander games until Pulock returns before getting sent back to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

 

Another top prospect, the Senators' Colin White, has been pulled from the lineup at Boston College and is considered week to week with an upper-body injury. White was Ottawa's first-round pick in 2015 and is expected to have a big year in Boston. While this likely isn’t serious, it’s important for White’s development that injuries don’t become a habit. Look for White to return sometime in November.

 

On Oct. 16 the Hurricanes announced that stud defensive prospect Jake Bean has been sidelined four to six weeks with a broken finger. Bean was hurt by a slash delivered by the Tigers’ Chad Butcher. Butcher was assessed a three-game.

 

Earlier in the month, undrafted A-rated goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was sidelined with pneumonia. Luukkonen helped Finland win the 2016 IIHF World Under-18s last year and will be one of the first goalies off the board next summer. He's expected to miss approximately four weeks before returning to HPK of Liiga.

 

Injury Updates

 

Derrick Pouliot is reported to be out “long term” with a lower-body injury suffered in his first NHL game of the season. What that means in terms of a time frame is open to interpretation right now, but it’s safe to assume that we won’t see Pittsburgh's top blueline prospect until closer to the new year.

 

Judging from this action in his junior days, ultra talented Derrick Pouliot can also handle the rough stuff.

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The Bruins’ Frank Vatrano had successful surgery on torn foot ligaments and will be out at least three months from the start of the season. Vatrano, who has been sidelined since before training camp, will need some serious rehabilitation on this injury and may see the majority of