One of the League’s surprise teams got an unwelcome piece of news Sunday when the Phoenix Coyotes
learned leading goal scorer Scottie Upshall
will be out indefinitely after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Thursday’s game against Calgary.
A follow-up evaluation and MRI by the club’s medical staff confirmed the injury and an ACL surgical procedure is expected to be scheduled, Phoenix Coyotes
GM Don Maloney
announced in a statement.
Upshall, 26, recorded 18 goals, 32 points and 50 penalty minutes in 49 games for the Coyotes this season. His 18 goals represent his career-high for a season.
Phoenix entered play Sunday fourth in the Western Conference with a 32-18-5 record for 69 points.
Upshall, who was acquired from Philadelphia with a second-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft for Daniel Carcillo
on Mar. 4, 2009, has recorded 26 goals, 45 points and 76 penalty minutes in 68 games since joining the Coyotes.
In 279 career NHL games with Nashville, Philadelphia and Phoenix, the 6-foot, 193-pound Upshall has registered 64 goals, 138 points and 273 penalty minutes. Upshall also earned a silver medal while representing Canada at the 2009 World Championship in Switzerland. A native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, he was originally selected by Nashville with the No. 6 pick in the 2002 Entry Draft.