Checking in on the various injuries around the league as we get set for the regular season to begin.
The Big Guns (>80% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Sidney Crosby – The heaviest news of the week. A top-3 pick in almost any league, Crosby likely won’t be suiting up for the Pens’ season opener vs. the Capitals as he’s been diagnosed with concussion symptoms. Even through his optimism, it’s tough to say whether or not he’ll be back anytime soon. Concussions are the trickiest of injuries, and among the most serious. Treating them without the concern they demand can have serious long-term effects, including mental illness and depression. Having been through the ringer already, Crosby knows more than most about the steps he needs to take to get healthy. Bench him, but watch for further news, as he’s been skating and participating in practice already and could play without a ton of notice.
Tyler Seguin – The Dallas Stars don’t play tonight, so Seguin has an extra day to get to 100%. He fractured his heel sliding into the boards during the World Cup of Hockey, but Head Coach Lindy Ruff expects him to be ready for Thursday when Anaheim comes to town.
Patrice Bergeron – The Bruins’ top defensive center went down earlier today with a lower-body injury, but shouldn’t miss more than a game or two, according to Coach Claude Julien.
Jack Eichel – Eichel turned awkwardly during a drill in Sabres’ practice and looks like he messed up his ankle pretty bad. He’s a late addition to this column, so news about his injury is scarce until further evaluations. He’ll miss at least the first game, but he’s young and can heal up a ligament pretty easily, so keep an eye on this situation as well.
Justin Faulk – After suffering a lower-body injury in preseason action against the Capitals, Faulk should be ready to start playing games that actually matter. Head Coach Bill Peters says he’d be “shocked” if Faulk couldn’t play.
Kyle Okposo – The new Sabres’ winger is recovering after a slapshot hit him in the knee a few days ago. He hasn’t returned to the ice yet, so look for news of him skating as a sign that his recovery is progressing. He definitely won’t be ready for the season opener, but might play again before next week.
Ryan O’Reilly – O’Reilly’s in a bit of a better situation than Okposo. He also missed practice, but he got in some powerplay time. His concern is his back, where he’s been experiencing