Well if he hasn't already gone for surgery it's good news. With high ankle sprains that would mean potentially 6 months of recovery. Like his agent says, recovery could be very short or very long, but if its a stable injury I wouldn't count him out of a late april/early may appearance (if the Canucks are still around)
You'll probably see Booth in a boot or cast for a while. Once that comes off it's all about the rehab, and the conditioning staff/trainers with the Canucks should be able to get him back quickly.
Man, poor Pinizzotto, that guy just can't do it can he?
Suck for Pinizzotto, but I do not expect him to stay healthy for very long myself, I do like his skill set, and he uses his body like a human wreaking ball, I really do admire him for what he has done, but injury will not surprise me.
I hate that we replace our injuried player with AHL/fourth line players.....we need some third line players.......if Higgin is out long bring Archibald up he is probably better than the amount of furth line players on the team
The thing about the Sens lineup is that their callups are actually good young players. Silfverberg, Wiercioch, Beniot, etc.
Zibanejad is a blue chipper #6 overall.
Turris is proving to be a very good move but he is 6 years from his draft year as a #3 overall pick and just now showing he might live up to some of that potential. Though I'm not sure he regains his bluechip status.
Silfverberg was a fine draft pick that clearly goes higher than 39th if the draft were held again.
Benoit is 29.
Wiercoch was drafted 5 years ago. Yes young but he's had two full years in the AHL.
Smith is 24 (but been in the NHL for quite some time admittedly).
Greening is 27.
Condra is 26.
Daugavins is a 2006 draft pick.
The canucks have some guys like that as well...Raymond (26), Hansen (27), Edler (26), Garrison (28), Schroeder (22), Tanev (23), Pinnizotto (28).
That said the Sens have drafted very well...in particular 2008 and 2009
The "hole" in canuck mid-20 year old player of the same ilk to call up was caused in 2006 and 2007 when no NHL calibre players were taken in the draft outside of Grabner (who was still managing to get benched and scratched at the end of last season for the Isles).
2008 efforts brought Hodgson/Kassian.
2009 efforts brought Schroeder maybe Connauton but I don't hold my breath on that one
2010 efforts brought Tanev (despite no pick in the first 3 rounds Gillis still secured a guy who in hindsight would now likely go late first round).
2011 Jensen and Corrado maybe Honzik and Blomstrand
2012 Gaunce but it's early
Compare to Ottawa:
2008: Karlsson, Wiercioch and Smith.....they hit this draft out of the park
2009: Cowen, Silfverberg, and Lehner...back to back homeruns
2012: too early
In short, what we are seeing is how long it takes a organization to build up good prospects when you have none. It literally takes over 5 years to build up any sort of prospect stable even with a handful of top 10 picks. Harder when you are picking in the high 20s. But it is getting there. Tanev was an exceptional find but yes Gillis likely needs to get better at the draft table. Though let's be honest the success the Sens had in 2008 and 2009 at the table is not the norm.