Through the first two pretournament games at the World Cup of Hockey, Team Canada forward Tyler Seguin has recorded just one assist and zero goals.
Now, it seems that may be all he gets to put up at the international tournament.
Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reported on Tuesday evening that Seguin may be injured badly enough from pretournament play to knock him out of the remainder of the tournament. It sounds like it could be a knee injury:
Kypreos didn’t specify the severity of the injury, so it’s hard to speculate – but if he is out, that’s a bit of a significant blow to Team Canada (and potentially to the Dallas Stars).
A former second overall pick of the Boston Bruins from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Seguin has been an integral part of the Dallas Stars’ lineup since getting dealt to the Central Division club in 2013 – that is, when he’s healthy. Late season injuries in each of the last two years have limited his on-ice exposure late in the season, and this year it held him out of nearly his team’s entire postseason run, as well.
Despite injuries, though, the 24-year-old Brampton native has still put up solid scoring. 37 goals apiece in each his 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons – and 33 goals this past year – despite never hitting a full 82 games suggests that he could have been a key piece for Team Canada’s offense at this tournament, even without playing full-time on their top line.
If he’s out, though, the question isn’t just how long he’s out – it’s who will replace him. Team Canada has surprisingly left winger Taylor Hall off the roster through other replacements made, so he could be a candidate to fill in if needed.
More details have not yet been given regarding the situation.