Tavares out for tonight's game

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:59 PM ET

London Knights' John Tavares, who left last night's CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game game in Oshawa with a shoulder injury, is out of the Knights lineup on a day-to-day basis.

"John will not play tonight (against Kitchener Rangers) and may not play tomorrow against Guelph," said Knights assistant general manager Jim McKellar. "We're hopeful for Monday (against Plymouth,) but we just have to wait and see."

McKellar said Tavares was examined this morning. The shoulder is sore but there's "nothing broken or separated."

Tavares was carrying the puck behind the net in the third period when he was caught with a big hit by Peterborough Petes' Zack Kassian.

Tavares, who will likely be the National Hockey League's No. 1 pick in this summer's draft, left the ice immediately, slamming his stick on the ice in frustration.

"You play this game to be remembered and I think it would be, a No. 1 overall pick gets hurt in the prospect game so I think it should get a lot of media," Kassian said of his hit. "It's good for me, obviously, getting my name out there.

"(The attention) doesn't bother me at all."

Tavares came to the Knights in a trade deadline deal from the Oshawa Generals. Tavares had only played one game with the Knights, scoring two goals and adding an assist.


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