BRANDON, Man. -- Moncton Wildcats head coach Danny Flynn says leading scorer Nicolas Deschamps is “probably unavailable” to play in the MasterCard Memorial Cup which begins on Friday.
Deschamps was tied for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scoring title with 39 goals and 57 assists in 64 regular season games and was injured on April 23 during their semifinal series against the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
The injury – reported to be his leg – might force the second-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks to miss the latest pinnacle of his junior career.
“Nicolas Deschamps who won the (league) scoring title and was probably our most offensive player got hurt early in round three and missed the finals,” explained Flynn at a pre-tournament press conference on Thursday.
“He’s probably unavailable for this tournament.”
Deschamps loss would be a big blow to the Wildcats, through they’ve proven they can win without him after capturing the Quebec championship with the 20-year-old on the sidelines.
“We’ve got a good team that works hard on both sides of the puck and we try to take pride in our own end,” said Flynn. “We’re not going to be as high powered or as explosive as the other three teams so the key for us is to try to be as good a two-way team as we can be.”
The Wildcats will open their tournament on Saturday afternoon against the Western Hockey League champion Calgary Hitmen.
Sunaya Sapurji is the junior hockey editor at Yahoo! Sports. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org