Chicago Blackhawks 2017 first round pick, defenseman Henri Jokiharju, suffered a knee injury while playing for his native Finland at the recent World Junior Championship Summer Showcase.
During a game versus the United States, back on August 1, Jokiharju injured his knee after a seemingly harmless hit along the end boards. He left the game and did not play for the remainder of the exhibition tournament.
Brian Hedger of The Athletic and NHL.com originally reported that his sources told him that the injury was not serious and the 18-year-old defenseman should be good to go for training camp in September.
Jokiharju was expected to take part in the Traverse City Rookie Tournament and then Blackhawks training camp, but those plans may have changed according to Hedger’s colleague at The Athletic, Scott Powers.
“It has to be seen how he feels over the next four weeks or so,” a source told Powers. “Nobody wants him to push it for the rookie tourney or training camp. It’s more important that he’s completely healed.”
The Blackhawks want to play it safe with their top draft pick, so he could skip all activities the team this fall and just report straight to the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.