Be prepared to brace yourself, it’s only Day 2 of training camp for the Winnipeg Jets and there’s already a crushing injury to one of their most encouraging young defenders, as prospect @Dylan Samberg has suffered a high ankle sprain.
Speaking to the media following the club’s morning scrimmage, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff confirmed the injury to Samberg, 22, who may miss upwards of six-to-eight weeks.
Though it would’ve been a long shot for Samberg to break camp with the Jets in 2021-22, he, along with teammate @Ville Heinola, are high on the team’s AHL depth chart. As a result, both were expected to serve as crucial pieces on the Manitoba Moose’s backend to begin this season.
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But now, Samberg will likely be sidelined for the first two months of the schedule, meaning his chances of making his NHL debut have just taken a significant hit. At best, the 6’4″ blueliner could be in line for a potential return before the Christmas break, however, that remains to be seen.
Enjoying a productive performance with the Moose in 2020-21, the former second-round pick appeared in 32 games, posting one goal and seven points during that span.
Winnipeg will open the preseason against the Ottawa Senators on Sep. 26 at 7 pm CT.