You're not really giving Niko Hovinen a nice welcome to the continent, North America.
First, a poor performance in Adirondack Phantoms training camp a few weeks ago forced the Philadelphia Flyers' goalie prospect to the ECHL's Trenton Titans. Now, after just a game and a half in the crease on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, Hovinen finds himself injured.
He left Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Reading Royals after taking a puck to the collar bone in the second period. A booming shot from a Reading defenseman caught him up high on the left side and he skated to the locker room with his arm at his side.
According to the Trentonian, Hovinen never even returned to the Trenton bench and his left arm and shoulder area was wrapped after the game. Here's coach Vince Williams:
"We might have to try to bring in (another goalie) and re-evaluate him, but I haven't really talked to [team trainer Scott Stanhibel]. I don't know if it was the collarbone or the neck, but we play Friday and Saturday and we'll take some precautions."
Even worse, the loss of Hovinen opens the door further for Devils prospect goaltender Scott Wedgewood. Hockey's Future calls Wedgewood "the Devils undisputed goaltender of the future" and with all due respect and everything, we don't want him developing. Not as a Devils prospect, anyway. Wedgewood is the clear-cut No. 1 as long as Hovinen is on the shelf.
Flyers prospects Marcel Noebels and Blake Kessel each scored for the Titans in the win Wednesday night in front of just 2,236 at Sun National Bank Center. Trenton travels to Evansville and Cincinnati this weekend before returning home to host the Toledo Walleye on October 26 and 27.