Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ilya Mikheyev suffered what the team described as a “significant injury” to his right wrist Friday night against the New Jersey Devils.
Mikheyev dropped his gloves, ran straight to the bench, and immediately went into the tunnel after Devils in front of Jesper Bratt’s sleeve came in contact with Mikheyev’s wrist. Brat mounted in front of Michael.
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“It was obviously scary there, seeing this much blood,” said Toronto captain John Tavares.
Mikheyev was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation, the team announced. Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said after a 5-4 win over the team that Mikheyev will stay in Newark, N.J., one night while the team returns to Toronto for their second half back-to-back on Saturday.
“All I saw was coming in without a glove and initially you think the glove is missing. Then you get a sense of something more serious going on there and having your players recognize it even before I did it,” Keefe said. “This is one of the great things you don’t like to see.”
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Leaves goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson said the injury was “frightening”.
“They had pushed the puk in the corner and it was there and all of a sudden I could see a ton of blood coming from somewhere … much more than the usual stick or something, so hopefully that’s okay,” Hutchinson said.
Mikheyev is the second NHLer to be forced out of action due to a wrist injury in just a few weeks. New York Islanders Ahead Cal Clutterbuck needed surgery to repair an injured tendon after being sliced on December 19th.
On December 12th, OHL’s Niagara IceDogs’ Tucker Tynan went down with a skate-related injury. The goalkeeper could not escape an attack and was cut to the leg. Requires emergency surgery. The IceDogs postponed two games after the injury.
“It seems to be more common this day than it was when I was playing, I’m not sure if that is the case, but it seems to be,” Keefe said. “It’s unfortunate and a lot has been done to avoid this kind of thing, but some of it is inevitable with the nature of the game, but we need to continue to find ways to prevent it if we can.”
Mikheyev, 25, has eight goals and 23 points in 39 appearances, including one of Friday’s first season in his first NHL season.
“Obviously, a guy we are deeply interested in and had a great night playing scary for us, so thoughts are with him,” Tavares said.
SN’s Jackie Spiegel contributed to this report from Newark, N.J.