Detroit Red Wings Lose Jan Mursak to Ankle Injury Against Chicago Blackhawks

Franklin SteeleAnalyst IISeptember 25, 2011

DENVER - DECEMBER 27:  Jan Mursak #39 of the Detroit Red Wings warms up prior to facing the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 27, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Red Wings defeated the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The season is officially underway into Detroit.  Jan Mursak left the preseason game against the Chicago Blackhawks midway through the second period after sustaining a fractured ankle.  

Mursak was using the speed he hoped would land him a permanent spot on the Red Wings coming down the right side boards on Chicago defender Dylan Olsen.  Mursak fell to the ice, trapping his left leg under his body as he slid awkwardly into the boards behind the net.  He was in obvious pain as Henrik Zetterberg and trainers helped him off of the ice.

The left leg dangled behind him as he was helped to the bench. 

The immediate impact is that the Red Wings now have two forward spots open on their roster.  Corey Emmerton has looked good throughout the preseason.  And this injury may be a career saver for Fabian Brunnstrom who hasn't looked out of place playing for the Red Wings either.

The undrafted Chris Conner could also sneak onto the team with the injury to Mursak.  

One thing is for certain, and that is that the Red Wings and their faithful will have to wait just a little while longer before seeing one of their up-and-comers on the ice in a full-time capacity.