[QUOTE=Brian Boyle;36759583]That wouldn't be good, hip injuries typically lower a defenseman's level of play significantly. Let's hope it's something very, very minor.[/QUO
As I recall this was reason he fell to 2nd round.
Sauers hip was a something he was born with; con genitive hip problem runs in Sauer family, brother had same problem. NYR were aware of problem when he was drafted and arranged surgery to fix problem. Hip has not been a problem since.
Sauer had 2 hip surgeries in 2005. The hips haven't been a problem since 2005. Torn labrum in one and a birth defect in the other. The hips were corrected before Sauer was selected. He had a torn ACL and shoulder surgery in Hartford. Sauer had one or two concussions in junior. The last one was in 2006. He went to a skull readjustment doctor in Texas.
Portland Winter Hawk defenseman Michael Sauer, who suffered a concussion during training for the U.S. national junior team, has decided not to attend camp with the NHL’s New York Rangers.
“He was having some effects from that still,” Portland coach Mike Williamson says. “It’s a decision that the Rangers, Mike and his agent came to.”
Sauer went to a neurospecialist in Texas last week and received an adjustment to his skull. He says he feels a lot better and will start skating soon.
Under the knife: Defenseman Michael Sauer plans hip surgery (torn labrum) Saturday in Pittsburgh, by the doctor who performed the same procedure on his brother, NHL player Kurt Sauer. He will recuperate for an estimated eight weeks and has a remote chance of returning for the playoffs. É If the NHL has a draft, Sauer and fellow defenseman Brendan Mikkelson would be possible first-round picks. Mikkelson played in the Canadian Hockey League’s Top Prospects Game on Wednesday, and got a goal.
Like I said, if Arty was in any severe danger of having a serious injury he would've known before a random red flag came up in a physical.
I'm very worried about Sauer though.
You never know. It's not uncommon to suffer a partial tear in a knee ligament and not know it until you blow it out completely. It's like when you see NFL players walk off the field looking completely fine, only to later find their knee is shredded. Ligament injuries manifest themselves in odd ways.
Anyway, that doesn't seem to be the case with Anisimov, thank god.
the good news is that even if Sauer has to sit for awhile NY has the depth to cover him.
I think the same can be said about Artem
Both are important players to the squad but they are replaceable over the short term
hopefully its nothing
Losing Sauer would still be a big blow. The guy isn't an offense star, but he's a very good shutdown guy. He makes a lot of good, quiet moves. Plus he blocks a lot of passing lanes and is easily one of the most consistent defenseman we have. Eminger could probably fill in for him, but I'd like to see Parlett get a chance if needed.