Ducks’ Drysdale suffers upper-body injury vs. Blues, will not return

Jamie Drysdale was slow to get up and had to leave the ice after taking a big hit from Jacob de la Rose.

Anaheim Ducks rookie defenceman Jamie Drysdale left Friday night’s game versus the St. Louis Blues with an upper-body injury and will not return.

The injury occurred midway through the first period when Drydale crashed into the boards backwards after receiving a hit from Blues forward Jacob de la Rose.

Drysdale, the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, started this season with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL before being called up to play for the Ducks on March 18.

He scored a goal and added an assist in his NHL debut to mark his only two points in four games so far.

The Toronto native was also a key player for Team Canada at the 2021 World Junior Championships.

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