News reports coming out of Minnesota today aren't good after Nashville Predators prospect Zach Budish (a forward with the University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers) suffered a serious knee injury yesterday in a moped accident (which apparently didn't involve any other vehicles):
According to at least one report, Budish appears to have a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees and could be out for the rest of the season. That's what Kevin Gorg, FSN's analyst for the Gophers-Colorado College series this past weekend, said on KFAN radio on Tuesday morning. - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Further updates will come during the team's regularly-scheduled weekly press conference tomorrow.
When the Nashville Predators selected the hulking forward in the 2nd round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the consensus opinion was that the Preds were picking up a potential steal as Budish's stock had temporarily dipped due to a knee injury (from playing football) which had kept him from playing hockey that season (we don't know yet if the same knee got hurt). Since that time he's developed at a steady pace in college, but this could represent a serious setback.
After all, being 6'3" and 221 pounds is nice for a 19-year-old, but if you can't skate like the wind, you aren't going to make it in the NHL.
UPDATE: Jim Diamond reports that it is his other knee which is hurt, and that he will indeed be out for the season.