Mathieu Joseph’s season is over.
Saint John Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young has confirmed that Joseph will miss two to three months following successful surgery on Saturday.
Joseph was injured in the early stages on Friday’s game five between the Sea Dogs and Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Not long after leaving the game, Rogers TV showed the 19-year-old leaving Harbour Station on a stretcher and heading for the hospital. Rogers TV reported that it was due to a cut on his leg.
The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect was having a terrific post-season prior to the injury, recording five goals and two assists. This came after a breakout regular season that saw him register 33 goals and 40 assists in 58 games.
The loss of Joseph is a huge blow for the Sea Dogs. Not only does he provide a much-needed offensive spark while playing on the team’s top line, he’s also one of the league’s best defensive forwards.
Presumably, Sam Povorozniouk or Joe Veleno will take Joseph’s spot on the top line with Daniel Del Paggio and Matthew Highmore.
Whoever the Sea Dogs end up playing in the second round, it got a whole lot more challenging with this news.
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