The New York Rangers have just received some rather unfortunate news.
According to a break news report from the Rangers official website, the team has just lost forward Pavel Buchnevich for a significant length of time due to the fact that he has suffered a broken thumb. The Rangers are reporting that the injury occurred on Saturday when the Rangers were facing off against the Columbus Blue Jackets, however they have not released any additional information regarding how the injury happened.
The 23 year old right winger has suffered a broken thumb and as a result is expected to miss the next four to six weeks of action as he recovers from the broken bone. It's unclear if there was a surgical procedure over the week end or not but what is clear is that this injury could not have come at a worse possible time for the Rangers. After a poor start to the season, something that fans had expected given the fact that the Rangers are in the midst of a rebuild of their roster, the Rangers have gone 6 - 3 - 1 over their last 10 games and looked like a young team that could make a legitimate run this season.
Buchnevich has been a big part of that sudden surge from the Rangers as well, Over the 14 games he has played during the 2018 - 2019 National Hockey League regular season Buchnevich has recorded 5 goals and 4 assists for a total of 9 points on the season thus far. On top of that Buchnevich has only picked up 2 penalty minutes on the season thus far and he currently boasts a plus minus rating of 0 thus far.
The timing of the injury is bad for the Rangers to be sure but it also seems to come at the worst possible time for the young Buchnevich as well. After a relatively slow start to the season, one that largely mirrored the Rangers' start as a team, Buchnevich appeared to be regaining his confidence on the ice and appeared to be playing with some bounce in his stride. Hopefully this significant injury will not derail that confidence and he can pick up where he left off when he returns.