It would explain why Heiskanen was marked as injured on the Dallas Stars training camp roster released yesterday. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he did have a concussion - he took an elbow to the mouth that was so brutal he required several stitches to fix up his busted lip. Any shot to the head with that kind of force could cause a concussion.
We’ll wait to see if the Dallas Stars confirm his status today or tomorrow, prior to training camp opening in Cedar Park.
Heiskanen has been predicted to join Stars training camp but return to HIFK in Liiga this season by many Stars beat writers, such as Sean Shapiro of NHL.com and Mike Heika of Dallas Morning News. An interview conducted with his coach over the summer by Patrik Bexell for Defending Big D indicated he was prepared if the Stars wanted to keep Heiskanen in the NHL at the end of training camp.
It is one interesting battle for roster spots that should play out in Dallas this September. After all, the Dallas Stars have 9 NHL defensemen that could make their roster without even considering Heiskanen:
It’s a logjam that should sort itself out in training camp, but one that you don’t want to see sorted out due to injury. The Stars front office made all the moves to indicate that they’re “going for it”, so to speak, this summer. That means putting together the best roster available to them, even if it forces them to move defensemen to make room for someone they didn’t have initially penciled into the top seven.