As he tries to make the New York Rangers, Andrew Desjardins has been suspended two preseason games for an illegal check to the head of New Jersey Devils’ forward Miles Wood. Desjardins is on a professional tryout with the Rangers, and won’t get another chance to show what he can do in game action. As the video explanation from the Department of Player Safety says:
It is important to note that Wood is eligible to be hit on this play, provided it is done in a legal manner. However, rather than take an angle of approach that results in a legal, full-bodied check, Desjardins takes an angle of approach that picks Woods’ head, making it the main point of contact.
This will be the first time Desjardins is suspended by the league, but this still could spell trouble for his chances of making the New York roster. He was already a long-shot, and with the impressive play of the two young draft picks (Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil) there likely will not be room for him on the team.
For now, he’ll have to sit out and see if he can do something outside of game action to impress the coaching staff.