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by George Malik on 09/06/13 at 01:19 PM ET
Red Wings prospect Nick Jensen is very noticeably absent from Detroit's prospect tournament roster, and the Saint Cloud Times' Mick Hatten reports that Jensen's absence involves a shoulder injury incurred when Tyler Bertuzzi broke the ONE rule of summer development camps in choosing to fight Jensen to prove his toughness.
Jensen will attend the Wings' main camp (the team is flying up on Tuesday, as DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose noted, with ten players taking part in a community relations tour of Michigan; the rest of the Wings and Griffins arriving in TC two days prior to Thursday's training camp start to take part in Wednesday's charity golf tournament and to be poked and prodded for physicals), but he may not skate at all, and it's still possible that Jensen may need surgery to repair damage done in a silly tussle:
“I’m keeping in contact with the (Detroit) trainer and I’m not sure if I’m going to be participating in some of the early skates where there is contact because of my shoulder,” he said. “It’s a toss up right now as what will be happening.”
Jensen said he will have the shoulder looked at again as soon as he gets to camp by the trainer.
It sounds like an odd set of circumstances in which the fight occurred. Jensen’s fight was with Tyler Bertuzzi, who was taken in the second round (58th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. Bertuzzi is the nephew of Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi. Tyler, 18, is listed at 6-foot and 178 pounds and had 185 penalty minutes in 105 junior hockey games in the Ontario Hockey League the past two seasons. So instigating a fight is part of his game. Then again ...
“I wasn’t going out there looking for a fight. You usually don’t see fights in development camp,” Jensen said. “I’ve been there for five years and this was his first year. I think he thought this was some kind of a tryout. I was on his team (in the drill). I think he was trying to prove something to the coaches and was giving me some cheap shots. That’s kind of his style of game, an agitator guy. It’s part of the game, but probably wasn’t necessary. I’m just glad it happened early in the summer rather than in the season.”
Because of the injury, Jensen said he has been doing more workouts to strengthen his lower body because he’s been limited in how much upper body work he can do. And then there is the unknown of going into his first NHL camp.
“I’m not really sure what to expect,” he said. “It’s a toss-up right now as to what will be happening.“If I’m able to skate with everyone, my expectations are going to be pretty high. But then you’re looking at the list of players who are going to be there and you see (Pavel) Datsyuk and some of the other forwards and it makes you a little nervous, knowing I’mg goint to be out on the ice with them. But you perform better in situations like that. I’m a little nervous, but excited.”
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