Alex DeBrincat’s difficult 2016 World Junior Championship continues as he has been confirmed to be out of the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Swiss.
DeBrincat has yet to play a full period in the tournament. He was assessed a game misconduct for spearing in the first period of the U.S.’s opening game against Canada. Then he was injured in the opening period of the U.S.’s second game against Sweden.
Though DeBrincat’s head was bloodied on the play that injured him, the concern is his shoulder. He left the arena that day in a sling and continues to be monitored.
He had been slotted into Auston Matthews top forward line for the tournament with Matthew Tkachuk, a line comprised entirely of 2016 draft eligible players. But that line has hardly seen any ice time together.
Brock Boeser was moved up into DeBrincat’s spot previously, but that will change on Wednesday. Senators prospect Colin White is expected to jump up onto that top line, with Brock Boeser stepping down onto the third line centered by Nick Schmaltz, who was a quality agitator against Sweden.
DeBrincat hasn’t been ruled out of future matches at this point.
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