Detroit Red Wings prize prospect Marco Kasper played his first game in the NHL on a broken kneecap. That’s something he will always remember.
The Red Wings announced Kasper was shutdown because of injury, but didn’t say what the injury was.
Austrian media outlet sport.orf.at revealed the injury in reporting Kasper will be unavailable for the World Championships in Finland and Latvia, May 12-28. The outlet said Kasper will be sidelined six weeks.
X-rays showed a broken kneecap for Marco Kasper and an estimated 6-week recovery time. An injury he played most of his NHL debut with.
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“First and foremost, I feel sorry for Marco that he won’t be able to finish the season after his amazing debut in the NHL. Of course it’s a shame for the national team, but unfortunately that’s part of the sport and is not uncommon. We wish him a good and speedy recovery,” Roger Bader, head of Austrian Ice Hockey Association (ÖEHV), told sport.orf.at.
The story confirmed the Red Wings’ report that the injury does not require surgery.
The Austrian story said Kasper suffered 50 minutes of the game on the injured knee during his NHL debut in a 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played on a line with Andrew Copp and Lucas Raymond.
“Looking back, that’s a little crazy. I felt pain during the game, but I thought I had to push through and finish the game,” Kasper told the Austrian outlet.
He added: “Of course my knee hurts and it’s a pity that I can’t finish the season and miss the World Cup.”
Kasper, who turns 19 in two days, has a chance to make the Red Wings next season. NHL betting doesn’t yet include players making the roster. He played this season for Rogle BK. Fellow Red Wings draft pick William Wallinder also played for Rogle. He is currently playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins.