NHL Recent Player News
|9/24/2023||Max Pacioretty, Was, LW|
|Pacioretty (Achilles) could miss the first month of the season.
Analysis: Pacioretty tore his right Achilles during an offseason workout in the summer of 2022 before returning in January. He played in only five games for Carolina before tearing the same tendon January 19 against Minnesota. Pacioretty has 326 goals and 319 assists in 855 career games.
|9/21/2023||Robin Lehner, VGK, G|
|Vegas general manager Kelly McCrimmon said Thursday that goaltender Robin Lehner is out indefinitely and will begin the season on long-term injured reserve.
Analysis: Lehner missed the entire 2022-23 season after undergoing hip surgery. He is a 12-year veteran who has twice won the Williams Jennings Trophy for being on the team that allowed the fewest goals in a season. In 2021-22, he had a 23-17-2 record with a .907 save percentage.
|9/21/2023||Brandon Montour, Fla, D|
|Montour is expected to be sidelined into at least November after undergoing shoulder surgery in June.
Analysis: Montour is coming off the best season of his career, posting personal bests in goals (16), points (73) and penalty minutes (107) while tying for sixth in the NHL with 30 power-play assists. With both he and Aaron Ekblad on the mend from surgeries, Gustav Forsling and Oliver Ekman-Larsson figure to be Florida's top offensive options from the back line in the season's early stages.
|9/21/2023||Aaron Ekblad, Fla, D|
|Ekblad is expected to be sidelined into at least November after undergoing shoulder surgery in June.
Analysis: Ekblad dislocated his shoulder in the Eastern Conference finals, though he still managed to suit up for the Panthers' loss to Vegas in the Stanley Cup Final despite that injury as well as a broken foot. Brandon Montour is also expected to miss the start of the season, making Gustav Forsling and Oliver Ekman-Larsson Florida's best bets for points from defensemen in the early going.
|9/21/2023||Andrei Svechnikov, Car, LW|
|Hurricanes GM Don Waddell told reporters Wednesday that Svechnikov (knee surgery) is on track to be ready for the start of the 2023-24 season.
Analysis: Svechnikov tore his ACL in March but was skating in a non-contact jersey as the Hurricanes opened training camp Thursday. The former No. 2 overall pick was having another good season before getting hurt with 23 goals and 32 assists in 64 games.
|9/21/2023||Jack Quinn, Buf, RW|
|Quinn is expected to miss the start of the 2023-24 season as he recovers from Achilles surgery he underwent in late June.
Analysis: Quinn, the eighth overall pick of the 2020 draft, looked primed to build on a promising rookie season in which he posted 14 goals and 23 assists in 75 games. The 22-year-old could be sidelined as far as into December, however, after being given a 4-6 month period of recovery time.