Injury KO's Winchester from camp
Don Brennan, QMI Agency
|Ottawa Senators' Jesse Winchester eludes the check of Washington Capitals' Scott Hannan. (ERROL MCGIHON/QMI AGENCY)
Normally it’s a good thing to be mentioned by the coach after a day at training camp.
Just not this way.
Jesse Winchester went 2-for-2 when Paul MacLean had to provide an injury update on the fourth-year forward following Sunday’s on-ice sessions. Winchester suffered shoulder damage when he crashed into the boards on Day 1.
The prognosis isn’t great.
“At this point in time, I don’t anticipate him back for any exhibition games and we’ll evaluate him at the end of training camp and see what progress he’s made, and what decision we’ll have to make then,” MacLean said of Winchester, who entered camp as a candidate for third-line duty. “I think he had to prove himself when he came in here. Any time you miss that opportunity in training camp, it’s a huge blow for your season. He’s a real fit guy and we’ll see where this injury takes him.”
MacLean was satisfied, if not jumping up and down, over what he saw from the players Sunday.
“Execution was a little suspect at times,” he said. “But when you’re trying to go fast sometimes, the execution gets in the way. So maybe we need to slow down a little bit so we can execute the puck a little better. “
Earning honorable mention from the coach was a forward line of Nikita Filatov, Stephane Da Costa and Bobby Butler, as well as Gatineau Olympiques star Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
A tentative list was compiled by MacLean for Monday’s pre-season opener in Toronto. While as many as six players were to still be added, and therefore some deleted, it appears the Leafs will see at least nine veterans, including goalies Craig Anderson and Alex Auld, defencemen Filip Kuba and Erik Karlsson, and forwards Milan Michalek, Peter Regin, Zack Smith, Butler, Chris Neil, Zenon Konopka and Nick Foligno.
Some other names belonged to goalie Robin Lehner, blueliners Jared Cowen, David Rundblad, Patrick Wiercioch and Mark Borowiecki and forwards Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Mika Zibanejad, Da Costa and Butler.
“Of course I’m thinking about it a little bit, but I’m trying to focus on where I am today,” Zibanejad, who played against Toronto in the rookie tournament, said of facing the blue and white jerseys again. “It was fun, more physical than normal games. Fun to play against them.”