Young Finn Toni Rajala has suffered a significant injury at an under-20 tournament. The extent of the injury has been slow in coming, partly because Finnish-to-English translations are a weakness of the internet highway. The play came in a game against Switzerland and was a harmless looking play. He was flown from Slovakia to Finland and examined (mri) yesterday. There is online rumor that it’s either a ACL or MCL problem and we don’t know if it’s a sprain or a tear.
Rajala fell in the draft but has an outstanding resume. Stu MacGregor told us “we had him on a good spot on our list. He led the under-18 world championships in scoring. He’s a real competitive guy, maybe size is an issue a little bit, but he plays in the hard areas. He’s a kid with really good speed and hockey sense. I don’t know why he dropped back that far, but we’re pretty happy to get him.”
Jonathan Willis has a nice article up on Rajala today.
It’s the first negative arrow for this player and in an area that is key to developing prospects. For more on how injuries have impacted Oilers prospects in recent seasons, click “injuries (prospects)” in the labels section below this post.