The Minnesota Wild has just one assist in seven games from the blue line for the Minnesota Wild this year – but he’ll be unable to try and improve upon that number for a while moving forward.
It was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Scandella, the Wild’s second round pick from the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has been placed by the club on long-term injured reserve. He went down on October 27th, suffering a high right ankle sprain against the Buffalo Sabres.
This means he’ll have to sit out for at least ten games – or 24 days – before the club is allowed to activate him for the roster once again.
Selected 55th overall in 2008, Scandella – a native of Montreal, Quebec – has spent his entire pro career with the Wild following a major junior career with the QMJHL’s Val d’Or Foreurs.
Since going pro, the defenseman has put up 23 goals and 77 points in 309 career NHL games, skating exclusively with the NHL club since the 2013-14 season.
Losing him on the blue line will hurt, as the defenseman has shown capable of playing over 20 minutes a night when need be. With the recall of Mike Reilly to replace Scandella, though, this also gives the club the opportunity to see exactly what Reilly can bring to the lineup – potentially long-term.