The Florida Panthers had hopes of changing their losing ways. It seems that all things may not be going the Panthers way, as 2014 first overall pick, Aaron Ekblad has suffered a concussion and has been sent home from Hockey Canada’s summer world junior development camp.
He was re-evaluated this morning. He’s got a concussion. He’ll miss the remainder of camp. He’s going to head home today. [NHL]
According to a report from NHL.com, Ekblad suffered the head injury during the third period of Canada’s 6-2 win against the Czech Republic. Ekblad collided with Czech defensemanLukas Klok. The Florida Panthers and Hockey Canada have decided to keep the number one pick out of camp in hope that he will be healthy enough to take part in the Panthers rookie camp in September.
As announced earlier today by Team Canada, D Aaron Ekblad suffered a concussion during an exhibition game [Tuesday] night,” Florida General Manager Dale Tallon said in a statement Wednesday. “We have been in communication with Team Canada and have mutually agreed to hold Aaron out for the remainder of the summer development camp, as a precautionary measure. We will closely monitor Aaron’s health for the remainder of the off-season and expect him to be ready for our rookie camp in mid-September. [NHL]
Ekblad was said to be wobbly and not solid on his skates following the hit. The concussion is thought to not be a very serious one, but with head injuries one never knows how bad it really is. So, until we see more reports on this, everything is speculation. But, this once again will bring up the question, should NHL players take part in any international camps or tournaments?
I would fully expect the Panthers to stay very close to Ekblad during his recovery, after all their future is riding on his skates.