The Calgary Flames took a deep breath Monday night when highly touted prospects Sam Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau pronounced themselves fine after injury scares during a rookie tournament victory against the host Vancouver Canucks in Penticton, British Columbia.
Bennett, the No. 4 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, missed the third period with a sore groin. Gaudreau, the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner, was injured on a hard hit from Vancouver defenseman Frank Corrado, who received a five-minute elbowing penalty and a game misconduct on the play.
"They were a little worried about me, but I told them it's no big deal," Bennett said, according to the Calgary Herald. "My groin was acting up a little bit. But it really wasn't anything serious. Obviously, I wanted to get back out there. I was ready to go."
With the Flames holding a big lead against Vancouver and the team's main camp looming later this week, they decided to hold out Bennett for precautionary reasons. Bennett said he does not think the injury will affect him during the main camp.
Gaudreau was also held out as a precaution after the hit from Corrado. Gaudreau said there were no lingering issues from the hit.
"That was a pretty good one right there … one of the bigger hits in my career," Gaudreau said. "I was bleeding a little bit, but that was about it."