The Buffalo Sabres were hoping to get to training camp this week without any injuries, but that is now in question as top prospect Matthew Savoie left the finale of the 2023 Prospect Challenge against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period just prior to the opening goal of the game.
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Savoie, who scored two goals in a win over Montreal on Thursday and who is expected to challenge for an NHL roster spot, did not return to the game and was spotted walking to the Sabres management suite at the Harborcenter in street clothes, according to Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News.
“Its upper-body, And he’s gonna get reevaluated here in the next day(or so). Probably expect him to miss a little bit of time at main camp. That’s where it’s at right now. We’ll have more details next couple of days.” Amerks head coach Seth Appert said after the game. “It’s a contact sport and you hate seeing it (happen) to any player, whether it’s your first-round draft pick or an invite because it’s a great opportunity to be at rookie camp (to wear) an NHL jersey and all that obviously with Matthew, there’s NHL training camp and bigger things ahead, so you’re definitely there, but it’s never a good feeling as a coach when you see a player leave.”