Arizona Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder is due for a new contract this summer, and he’s on the short list of players that Team Europe has been watching to consider for a roster spot at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey in September – so a strong World Championships performance for the German winger would have been considered a plus.
Unfortunately, he’s having to cut his tournament short this week.
Team Germany confirmed on Saturday that Rieder and fellow German forward Gerrit Fauser have been sidelined with injury, with Rieder’s injury – which was only described as being related to the interior ligament in his left knee – sidelining the 23 year old Landshut native for anywhere from 4-6 weeks.
For Germany, the loss is huge at the World Championships. The former Edmonton Oilers fourth round draft pick is one of their top six skaters, taking on the toughest line matchups for his national team and recording two points (a goal and an assist) in four games for the oft-undermatched roster.
For Rieder, who flew back to Germany after missing Germany’s most recent game at the tournament, this is a worst-case scenario for how to end his 2015-16 campaign; with his new deal coming up and the possibility of a spot on the World Cup roster, the World Championships were his last chance to wow all those watching him closely. The good news, though, is that a potential six week timetable to return puts his recovery early enough that it shouldn’t affect either the World Cup (should he make that roster) or the start of the 2016-17 season for the Coyotes.