John Tavares: Is The Top Prospect Injured?

Mike BurseCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 3:  John Tavares #19 of Team Canada skates during a play stoppage during the game against Team Russia at the semifinals at the IIHF World Junior Championships at Scotiabank Place on January 03, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

John Tavares has skipped his upper body workouts at the NHL Draft Combine.

Tavares skipped the push ups and bench press portion of the Combine. However, in the lower body areas he did do well compared with the the other prospects thus far.

Could this possible injury see his place in the draft fall a little? If it does, I cannot imagine that he will fall past the third overall pick. It would be hard to pass up on his current and future talents, regardless of his current status.

Tavares has a history developing with a shoulder injury, if this is in fact a shoulder injury. Back in April, when the London Knights were playing the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL playoffs, he was knocked out of a game by Taylor Hall (widely believed to be the first overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft). The hit took place behind Windsor's net.

X-rays at that time came back negative and there was no reported serious damage to the shoulder. It will be interesting to hear just how hurt he really is.

He was also out of the CHL's Top Prospect Game in January due to the same shoulder injury.

While the rumor mill regarding teams potentially moving up in the draft has quieted considerably, expect things to pick up once the Stanley Cup Final is over.

As details become available expect further updates on John Tavares' status.