Brendan Gaunce

Vancouver first-rounder Gaunce separates shoulder


For the second straight day, an NHL club saw one of its prized prospects go down to a shoulder injury.

That’s the news out of Vancouver on Tuesday as Brendan Gaunce — the Canucks’ first-round pick at the 2012 draft — suffered a separated shoulder while playing for OHL Belleville.

The injury will reportedly keep him sidelined for 3-6 weeks.

Gaunce’s shoulder separation comes roughly 24 hours after the New York Islanders learned defensive prospect Calvin de Haan would be lost for the year with a shoulder injury of his own.

De Haan was hurt over the weekend playing for AHL Bridgeport and suffered his third — and most severe — shoulder injury over the last three years.

While the news isn’t as bad for Gaunce, the ailment derails what was an otherwise solid start to the year. The Belleville captain had nine points in his first 11 games, helping the Bulls get off to a 7-3-1 start.

‘Canes lose Wisniewski (lower body) 47 seconds into debut

Phil Kessel, James Wisniewski
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James Wisniewski‘s time as a Carolina Hurricane is off to a troubling start.

Wisniewski, acquired by the ‘Canes at this year’s draft, exited Thursday’s season-opener against Nashville early in the first period with a lower-body injury.

Shortly thereafter, the team ruled out his return.

Wisniewski, 31, was expected to play a fairly significant role on Carolina’s defense this year.

It’s unclear what the injury is or how severe it might be, but initial reports don’t sound good; Wisniewski appeared to be in significant pain and had to be helped off the ice.

Video: Giroux can’t convert season’s first penalty shot

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A night of firsts for Claude Giroux, but not the first he really wanted.

Giroux was awarded a penalty shot in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener against Tampa Bay — the first penalty shot of the season, and the first penalty shot of his career.

But unfortunately for Giroux, Ben Bishop‘s timely stick-lift prevented what would’ve been his first-ever penalty shot goal.

This proved one of the noteworthy highlights from a fairly run-of-the-mill opening frame. Neither team found the back of the net, though the visiting Flyers held a 13-10 advantage in shots on goal.