Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Toronto Maple Leafs right-winger Nikolai Kulemin has suffered a bone chip in his right ankle that will keep him out of action for at least two weeks.
The injury occurred when he blocked a shot in practice Friday.
“It’s just a small bone broken in the ankle,” coach Randy Carlyle said. “To say it’s not a significant injury would be incorrect.”
Kulemin, 27, may have played with the injured ankle since it wasn’t a displaced fracture, but doctors decided not to take chances.
The Leafs have called rookie Spencer Abbott from the Toronto Marlies to take Kulemin’s place, hoping he could bring his high-scoring ways from the University of Maine to the NHL.
Carlyle said Abbott was the best player on the Marlies, and he immediately had him in mind when he learned of Kulemin’s injury.
Abbott sees action on the Leafs’ Saturday night home opener against the Ottawa Senators.