Buffalo Sabres prospect Zemgus Girgensons is expected to miss at least a week after absorbing a heavy hit in a game for Rochester in the American Hockey League this past weekend, according to a report by the Democrat and Chronicle and cited in the Buffalo News' Sabres Edge blog.
Girgensons, taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft (No. 14), was checked by Syracuse forward Richard Panik in what appeared to be a late, blind-side hit, according to the reports. TJ Brennan, who was since called up to participate in the Sabres' training camp, then stepped in to fight Panik.
"I didn't like the hit," Brennan said in the Sabres Edge blog. "It was something you do where you stick up for your teammate."
Girgensons has three goals and nine points in 31 games for Rochester this season. He was taken two picks after Mikhail Grigorenko, who is taking part in Buffalo's training camp.