Detroit Red Wings: Jared McIsaac stretchered off during prospect game

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman, Jared McIsaac, needed to be stretchered off the ice after losing consciousness following a dirty hit from behind in Sunday’s contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Blue Jackets forward James Malatesta was given a major penalty on the play and tossed from the game following the vicious hit.

McIsaac appeared awake and alert as he was being carted off the ice during part of the NHL’s prospect tournament, and the Detroit Red Wings quickly updated everyone on the 21-year old defenseman’s status.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jared McIsaac’s injuries, unfortunately, continue to mount.

It’s relieving news, to say the least.  McIsaac has struggled to stay healthy over the past few seasons, battling various shoulder injuries.  Over the last two years, McIsaac has had surgery on both shoulders, and this happens after he’s finally poised to begin the season healthy in hopes of making a ferocious push to earn a roster spot with the Detroit Red Wings to start the 2021-22 NHL season.

Last season McIsaac appeared in 10 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, recording two assists.  It was the youngsters’ first taste of being in the Detroit Red Wings organization.  Before that, McIsaac was a standout for the Halifax Mooseheads, recording a stellar 62 points in 53 games during the 2018-19 season.  He’d follow that up by notching 19 points in 28 contests split between Halifax and Moncton.

The Detroit Red Wings drafted McIsaac back in 2018 using the 36th overall pick in the second round to secure his services.  The one-time highly touted defenseman seems like sort of an afterthought at the moment within the organization, with the likes of Moritz Seider, Gustav Lindstrom, and Albert Johansson garnering plenty of attention.

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I wish McIsaac a full recovery and hope he can get back onto the ice soon.  Expect the youngster to start the season in Grand Rapids, and if he excels, one of the first defenders called upon in Detroit as injuries occur throughout the season.