Pettersson out for month

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen could be without sniper Freddie Pettersson for up to a month.

The skilled Swede sprained the MCL in his knee while playing for the Edmonton Oilers in an NHL exhibition game Monday against the Florida Panthers.

Hitmen assistant coach Dave Lowry said Pettersson, who had 43 points in 59 games as a WHL rookie last season, will be out of the lineup for a while.

"It's going to be probably three, three plus weeks," said Lowry. "He's being looked at in Edmonton and they'll make the final diagnosis."

Pettersson will be counted on to solidify a deep Hitmen offence this year and, if there's any positive out of the injury, Lowry said it's that it came early in the season as opposed to later on.

"If you're gonna get hurt, you're better to be hurt at the beginning of the year but unfortunately for him, he was playing well,"said Lowry.

Calgary opens the season Friday at the 'Dome against the Red Deer Rebels (7 p.m.).


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