Philadelphia Flyers 2020 first-round pick Tyson Foerster will miss the rest of the season after taking a scary hit into the boards on Wednesday night.
Less than two minutes into the game, Foerster looked to get in on the forecheck. He got bumped by Matt Hellickson and went headfirst into the boards.
Hellickson received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. Foerster remained on the ice and was reportedly cut on the play.
Not a particularly wonderful scene here as Tyson Foerster appears to be badly hurt after a collision with Matt Hellickson sent him very hard into the end boards. Foerster cut badly, ice is being cleaned up now. He seemed dazed when skating off w/help of trainer. pic.twitter.com/ZTKxl1e5av
— Mike Ashmore (@mashmore98) May 12, 2021
After the game, Sam Carchidi reported that Foerster will miss the weekend –– which is the remainder of the Phantoms schedule –– with an upper-body injury. Thankfully, he was not hospitalized.
Phantoms winger @tfoerster8 (Tyson Foerster), who was injured on a scary-looking hit tonight, will miss at least the weekend with an upper-body injury, per #Flyers assistant GM Brent Flahr. More details will be known tomorrow, he said. He is not in the hospital.
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) May 13, 2021
Foerster’s right shoulder appeared to take the brunt of the hit into the boards.
It’s an unfortunate end to an impressive rookie season for Foerster.
In a normal season, Foerster would’ve continued his junior career with the Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League. However, due to COVID, the OHL was shut down and Foerster was able to play in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Foerster took full advantage of that opportunity.
Foerster, 19, had 17 points (10 goals, 7 assists) in 24 games during his rookie campaign. It was a good showing for the 2020 first-round pick.
Hopefully, Foerster isn’t injured too seriously and will be able to train normally this offseason. If this season was any indication, Foerster may not be too far away from being able to make an impact at the NHL level. He’s probably a year or two away still, but 17 points in 24 AHL games as a 19-year-old rookie is quite impressive.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms close out their 2020-21 AHL season this weekend at home. They host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night before finishing off the season on Sunday afternoon against the Binghamton Devils.