The Montreal Canadiens misplaced a depth ahead early of their recreation Thursday vs. the Colorado Avalanche when Jesperi Kotkaniemi fell awkwardly to the ice.
After shuffling a backhand move low within the attacking zone, the 19-year-old heart was checked by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov. The hit prompted Kotkaniemi to flip. Unable to brace himself, he landed on his head, neck and shoulders. There was hypothesis Zadorov swept Kotkaniemi’s ft out from below him, however a assessment of the video confirmed little to no proof of that.
A referee blew play useless shortly after the autumn as Kotkaniemi stayed down on the ice. Kotkaniemi was assisted to the bench and down the tunnel into the locker room.
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The Canadiens later announced Kotkaniemi had suffered an upper-body injury and would not return.
TVA Sport’s Renaud Lavoie reported that Kotkaniemi underwent extra checks at a hospital however added that it’s a “regular process.”
Kotkaniemi, the third total decide within the 2018 NHL Draft, has three targets and two assists in 22 video games this season, together with Thursday’s contest.