LOS ANGELES — Quinton Byfield, the second total choose within the 2020 NHL draft, suffered a decrease physique damage through the third interval of the Los Angeles Kings‘ 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes in a preseason sport Tuesday evening.
The 19-year-old heart hit the nook boards awkwardly throughout a collision with Arizona proper wing Christian Fischer. Byfield was unable to place any weight on his left leg and was helped off the ice.
Coach Todd McLellan mentioned after the sport that Byfield might be additional evaluated Wednesday.
“It was a clear hit. It was unlucky,” McLellan mentioned of the play. “He went into the boards. One skate went a technique and one the opposite. It is in a nook. Whether it is in a straightaway, he would have gotten away with rolling off however there was nowhere to go. Not a unclean hit.”
Linesman Ryan Gibbons additionally was injured at Tuesday evening’s sport. Gibbons collided with Arizona heart Liam O’Brien following the nationwide anthem, and the beginning of the sport was delayed as Gibbons was taken off the ice on a stretcher. His situation was not instantly recognized.
Byfield had an inside observe to heart the fourth line going into subsequent week’s regular-season opener. He spent most of final season with Ontario of the American Hockey League however did play in six video games for the Kings, ending with one help.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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