Hawks prospect suffers possible season ending injury

Published February 13, 2022 at 1:31 PM

The Blackhawks selected Wyatt Kasier in the 3rd round of the 2020 NHL Draft, 81st overall. Kaiser has been playing his post draft hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In the past year, Wyatt has taken huge strides in adding to his defensive game since being drafted and the 6'0 defense prospect has even begun to add a more physical element to his game.

The 19-year-old left-handed defenseman was having a solid season putting up 1 goal and adding 10 assists in 24 games. Kaiser was also selected to be a member of Team USA at the World Juniors. He was able to add an assist in the only game at the tournament before the World Juniors was ultimately cancelled due to COVID outbreaks.

Unfortunately though Friday night, Kaiser suffered a significant injury that could possibly end his season. According to Alex Taxman, "Wyatt Kaiser tore his MCL last night after an awkward hit into the boards. He was an absolute warrior about it, skating off with a little help from his teammates."

The usual time frame for an MCL injury varies from 6 weeks to 3 months depending on the severity. In a perfect world Kaiser will be able to return in time to take part in the hopefully rescheduled World Juniors this August.
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