Kyle Beach, the Chicago Blackhawks 1st round pick (11th overall) in 2008, is potentially facing some considerable downtime.
Beach sustained a serious injury Friday night during a third period fight with Peoria forward Stefan Della Rovere.
Officially, the word is Beach suffered an “upper-body” injury. Beach was in Rockford on Saturday and is expected to be evaluated by Blackhawks’ doctors in the next day or so to determine the next course of action.
“[Beach] is still be evaluating with our doctors here in Rockford and hopefully we’ll know what’s going on in the next few days,” IceHogs’ head coach Ted Dent said on Saturday night.
While team and organizational policy does not allow anyone to speak about player injuries specifically, it was clear while watching the fight Beach injured his shoulder.
Upon seeing the incident, it is apparent Beach dislocated, or suffered some degree of injury to his right shoulder and was in a lot of pain. If the damage is substantial, surgery could force Beach out for most, if not all, of this season. If team doctors decide surgery is not necessary, Beach would still miss several weeks minimum.
Though slower to progress as compared to other recent Blackhawks’ first round picks, Beach is still considered a top prospect by many, both in the organization and around the league.
At 21, Beach is off to a strong start in his second year as a pro. Through eight games, he had posted 3 goals and 6 points, in addition to 18 penalty minutes (including two fights).
Any missed time will be an unfortunate setback for the feisty sniper.
It appears his time out will be substantial, however.
Coincidentally, Beach’s counterpart in Friday’s fisticuffs, Stefan Della Rovere, suffered an “upper body” injury himself during the same altercation. Della Rovere was not in the Rivermen lineup on Saturday night and currently there is no timetable for his return. The Peoria Journal Star is reporting Della Rovere suffered a hand injury.
Video of the fight is now up here.