Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jamie Drysdale is expected out of the lineup for four to six months with an injury on his left shoulder. During last Friday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights, the 20-year-old went to the locker room immediately after being hit to the glass by William Carrier. On Monday, the Ducks announced Drysdale would be out due to a torn labrum.
How Does This Affect Drysdale
Being one of Anaheim’s top defensemen, Drysdale is a valuable player for the Ducks. He was selected sixth overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Luckily he’s young, so hopefully, he’ll get back on the ice soon to gain more experience. Although, there is the matter of how long it will take for him to recover.
He is a talented player on the ice, although he has yet to earn a point this season since the Ducks have been off their game. Sunday evening, the Ducks got their second win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
How Does This Affect the Ducks
Because Drysdale is one of the Ducks’ best defensemen, it will be tough for them to “protect the pond.” Anaheim could have better defensemen. They now rely on veterans like Cam Fowler, Kevin Shattenkirk, and John Klingberg. All who are not the best defenders, as one may have seen in previous games.
To replace Drysdale for the time being, the Ducks brought defensemen Colton White on Sunday’s game against the Maple Leafs. By changing the lineups and bringing in players from the AHL, the Ducks will have to figure out a way to work together to win some more games.
Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler said a few words about Drysdale’s injury. “You definitely feel for him,” Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler told the Southern California News Group. “Injuries are part of the game, and over the course of time, you get a little numb to them. Obviously, we’re all thinking of him.”
The injury Drysdale is facing will cost the Ducks, but that doesn’t mean they can’t win without him. Hopefully, he’ll get better soon. But if the Ducks play more games as they did with Toronto, they’ll be able to start racking some points to get closer to the top.
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