The Ducks did not get good news on Wednesday when they learned that defenseman Cam Fowler will be out three to five weeks.
Fowler, who was injured last Friday during the Colorado game, did not appear in the next two games. After not progressing in healing, an MRI was taken, which revealed that he has a sprained left MCL. That is mediocollateral ligament in the knee.
The 22 year old had not missed a game this season, but will miss most of the rest of the regular season. Fowler, in his fourth season with the Ducks, leads all team defenseman and is fourth on the club overall with 36 points (6 goals, 30 assists) and has a plus-15 rating in 67 games.
Sami Vatanen would be nice to have back, but Vatanen hurt his knee after being sent down to Norfolk earlier in the month. He was sent back to California for further medical evaluation and treatment, but nothing more has been mentioned by the Ducks about his injury, status or availability.
Meanwhile, winger Nick Bonino did not accompany the team to San Jose for Thursday night's game against the Sharks. Bonino took a hard shot to his foot late in the game against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.
Bonino's hobbling appeared to more than just a stinger from the blocked shot and is listed as day to day.
“Once the soreness subsides, I assume he’ll be able to skate,” said coach Bruce Boudreau after practice on Wednesday. “And once he’s able to skate, he’s going to be able to play."
This is where depth needs to kick in again…..