Teams in the top 10 looking to select a high-end center can stop holding their breath a little. One of the best such players available, Matthew Savoie of the WHL’s Winnipeg ICE, will avoid shoulder surgery after being knocked out of the playoffs by a big hit, per NHL.com’s Mike Morreale.
Savoie suffered the shoulder injury last week in Game 2 of Winnipeg’s Conference Final series against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Edmonton took the series and will play for the WHL championship.
However, the injury will keep him out of Saturday’s testing at the Draft Combine, as Morreale reports. It hasn’t seemed to quell any interest in the Alberta native, as Morreale noted that Savoie has already interviewed with 17 NHL teams.
Savoie’s draft stock has dropped somewhat near the tail end of the season, as some are beginning to question how his even-strength game will translate to the NHL. He did still hit the 90-point mark this season in 65 games, though, and given the demand for centers, it’s hard to imagine Savoie falling out of the top 10 at this point.