Ottawa Senators forward Drake Batherson is expected to be sidelined "a couple months" because of a high ankle sprain, which was sustained after he was hit by Buffalo Sabres goaltender Aaron Dell, coach D.J. Smith said Thursday.
Batherson, who will miss the upcoming NHL All-Star Game, was chasing the puck behind the net when Dell lowered the boom late in the first period of the Senators' 5-0 win on Tuesday. Batherson lost his balance and appeared to injure his left ankle upon hitting the end boards.
"You're looking at a couple months, for sure. Maybe longer," Smith said. "He's such a great kid. The first thing he said after the game, he wasn't talking about himself. I said, 'Tough break. Looks like you're not going to be able to go to the All-Star Game. It's terrible.' And the first thing he said was, 'But what a hat trick by (forward Tyler) Ennis.' He's just that kind of kid.
"You're going to miss that around the room, win, lose or draw. His attitude, he's coming around in the league, the way he can make plays, we're going to miss him in all areas."
Dell was not penalized on the play, however he received a three-game suspension from the league on Wednesday.
Batherson, 23, leads the Senators in both assists (21) and points (34) in 31 games this season. His point total matches his career high, which was set last season in 56 games.
--Field Level Media