Vancouver Canucks prospect Brendan Gaunce will be out the next three-to-six weeks with a second-degree shoulder separation.
Gaunce, 18, suffered the injury in the third period this past Friday when his Belleville Bulls were taking on the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League.
According to the team’s release, Gaunce “will undergo treatment and rehabilitation in the coming weeks in the hopes of making a safe and smooth return to the Bulls lineup.”
With four goals and five assists through his first eleven games, Gaunce has also played a large role in the early season success of the Bulls penalty kill that ranks first in the OHL with a 91.4% efficiency rate. The club’s penalty kill has been so effective, that it is five percentage points ahead of the second placed Saginaw Spirit.
The unfortunate news comes just after Gaunce was named to Team OHL for the upcoming Subway Super Series being held in Guelph and Sarnia on November 8th and 12th.