The Buffalo Sabres already lost Jake McCabe to a season-ending knee injury and now will be without William Borgen for the next two months. The 24-year-old defenseman underwent surgery on a broken right forearm today and will miss approximately six to eight weeks.
Borgen had actually made quite an impact in his short four-game stint with the Sabres, even partnering with Rasmus Dahlin for a time. Originally a fourth-round pick in 2015, he spent three seasons at St. Cloud State before spending the last two mostly in the minor leagues. He’ll now face a pretty hefty hurdle in his development, missing a good chunk of this season.
It also could complicate the Sabres plans, especially when it comes to Brandon Montour’s trade availability. Defensemen are dropping like flies in Buffalo and the team quite literally may not have enough to fill a roster if they start trading them away. Rasmus Ristolainen is still working his way back from a brutal fight with COVID-19 and with Borgen out the team has just six healthy defensemen on the roster. Jacob Bryson and Casey Fitzgerald (with a combined zero NHL games) are on the taxi squad, but beyond that, the team has just two defensemen—20-year old Mattias Samuelsson and 21-year-old Oskari Laaksonen—signed to NHL contracts.