Peterborough forward Zack Kassian spoke to the Windsor Star this week regarding his recent shoulder injury.
"Right now, it is a bad (week)," said Kassian, who is the Petes' captain and the team's first-round pick in 2007. It started last Friday when Kassian, who is a Windsor Minor Hockey Association product, ran into Sault Ste. Marie defenceman Jake Muzzin and separated his shoulder. "I tried to absorb the hit and he caught me on the top," said Kassian, who was a first-round pick by the NHL's Buffalo Sabres in June. "It's a grade one separation, so it'll be two-to-four weeks and I'm already a week in."With Kassian out, other teams are getting a little breathing room when they face the Petes. It sounds as if the dinged captain is likely making mental notes while watching in street clothes.
A day later, Puempel, who is a Sun County Minor Hockey Association product, suffered a concussion on a hit by Sudbury's Dan Maggio, who was a teammate of Kassian's in Windsor minor. "He got hit pretty good," Kassian said. "If I would have played, I probably would have done something about it." Both players were off to strong starts for the Petes, who are first in the East Division. Kassian had eight points in seven games while Puempel had two goals and three points in eight games.