Canada’s Seguin out for World Cup, replaced by Ryan O’Reilly

The Hockey Central panel discusses reports that Tyler Seguin will miss the World Cup of Hockey due to a knee injury and will be replaced by Ryan O'Reilly.

Canada’s Tyler Seguin is expected to miss the World Cup of Hockey due to injury, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.

“I’m starting to hear reports that Tyler Seguin has suffered what we believe might be a knee injury,” Kypreos said during the first intermission of a pre-tournament game between the U.S. and Finland.

The Dallas Stars forward crashed hard into the boards while trying to negate an icing call in Canada’s pre-tournament opener against the U.S. on Friday, and was clipped by American Dustin Byfuglien in the neutral zone on Saturday.

“Now his isn’t a serious injury which is good news for the Dallas Stars,” Kypreos said in the second intermission. “They believe that this is a day-to-day situation but the recommendation from the doctors is to be off skates anywhere from seven to 10 days.”

Seguin’s teammate in Dallas, Jamie Benn, also had to drop out of the tournament after undergoing core muscle surgery in the off-season.

“While I’m upset that I don’t get the opportunity to play, I understand the situation Team Canada is in with a short tournament,” Seguin said in a statement released by the Stars. “I wish all the best for that team and the good news is that I’ll get to be with my Stars teammates from day one.”

UPDATE: Hockey Canada has announced that Buffalo Sabres centre Ryan O’Reilly will replace Seguin on the Canadian roster.

O’Reilly played a big role in Canada’s world championship victories the past two years as a two-way centre.

He had 10 points in 10 games in 2015, and had eight points in 2016.

The 2014 Lady Byng Trophy winner beat out Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds, Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher, and New Jersey’s Taylor Hall among others for the spot on Team Canada.

Canada plays its final pre-tournament game on Wednesday against Russia before beginning its round robin on Saturday versus the Czech Republic.

With files from The Canadian Press

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