The Boston Bruins have announced that prospect Zach Senyshyn underwent an appendectomy Sunday.
A surprise selection by the Bruins at 15th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Senyshyn will not be able to participate in Bruins rookie camp, which starts on Sept. 15. He is, however, expected to join the team for training camp on Sept. 22, though the team’s release says his participation level is undetermined right now.
It’s yet another missed opportunity to impress team brass in person for the prospect. Senshyn also missed development camp in July due to mononucleosis.
At just 19, Senyshyn has said that he hopes to make the team out of camp, but the surgery may make that difficult. Though he will be a part of training camp, he is expected to head back to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds where he scored 45 goals and 20 assists through 66 games last season.
He recently told the Boston Herald, “I don’t focus on the people that don’t like the pick. I just want to prove the Bruins right for taking me there. I think that I was able to show what I had to offer and what I am as a player,” referring to his unexpectedly high draft position. “But it’s all about improving. It’s not really about that draft day where you’re picked. It’s what you do after that. I think that the best thing I could for the Bruins in stepping up and taking me there is to work every day on what my game has and what my game needs to prove them right instead of focusing on all the people who didn’t think that was a good pick.”
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