Erie Otters Fs Connor McDavid and Andre Burakovsky missed practice today. Actually, they were out of the country until today.
Burakovsky had to stay in Canada after Saturday’s game in Windsor because his immigration paperwork wasn’t complete. McDavid also stayed across the border to be checked out for what GM Sherry Bassin called a minor stretched muscle in his lower back area. Bassin said Burakovsky’s paperwork is now done and McDavid is fine. Both are on their way back to Erie.
In other news, winger Joel Wigle faces regular contact in practice this week. So head coach Kris Knoblauch is hopeful he can play in Saturday’s home opener against North Bay at Erie Insurance. He could fill in for winger Stephen Harper, who will miss the game for his match penalty (slew footing) against the Spitfires and faces a possible longer suspension. D Cory Genovese also could be suspended for his major cross-checking penalty and game misconduct on Saturday.
C Jake Evans was back on the ice after sitting out against the Spitfires because he was sick.
Meanwhile, captain Connor Brown (2-4-6 in 3 games) was considered for OHL player of the week, but he was beaten out by Owen Sound’s Gemel Smith (5-1-6 in 2 games).
- Victor Fernandes