In his preseason debut, forward Samuel Savoie suffered a lower-body injury against the Minnesota Wild. He went legs first into the boards of the Xcel Energy Center on Sept. 30. Savoie was stretchered off of the ice with under three minutes left in the second period and stayed in Minnesota to receive further medical care.
The Blackhawks prospect went down after chasing the puck alongside Wild defenseman Alex Goligoski, who stopped before colliding into the boards. Savoie couldn’t slow down and crashed into the boards with his legs. He had trouble moving and was holding his right leg before being placed on his side on the stretcher.
Dr. Michael Terry, the Blackhawks’ team physician, announced that Savoie is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing a successful right femur surgery. They didn’t give a time frame for the 19-year-old’s return, but we likely won’t see him play this season.
Savoie was drafted 81 overall in the third round of the 2022 NHL draft. Last season with the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), he earned 59 points (26G, 33A) in 60 games. He also racked up eight points (2G, 6A) in 13 playoff games.
More information will come as Savoie recovers, but for now, there is still no time frame as to when he might return.