Kitchener Rangers forward Radek Faksa is out indefinitely after leaving Game 4 of the OHL’s Western Conference quarterfinal Wednesday.
Faksa, who took a shoulder to the chin from Brayden Rose during the second period of the game against the Owen Sound Attack, has seen team doctors and has been sidelined for an indeterminate amount of time with a head injury. There will be no supplementary discipline for Rose’s hit.
“It’s devastating,” coach Steve Spott told The Record. “He’s not doing well. It’s a huge loss for our hockey club. This is a guy who was trying to be a top 10 pick in the NHL draft.”
The 18-year-old Opava, Czech Republic product has been one of the fastest risers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
“Not much was known of Faksa before he suited up for Steve Spott and the Kitchener Rangers this season, but his size, skating, work ethic, hockey sense and offensive skills have him situated at the top end of the first round on most draft boards after just a few months,” Future Considerations director of scouting Dan Stewart said last month.
Injuries continue to be a storyline for 2012 draft eligibles, with Faska being the latest inflicted.