Syracuse Crunch center Vladdy Namestnikov will get an unwanted rest early in his rookie season.
Crunch general manager Julien BriseBois said on Friday that Namestnikov will miss 4 to 6 weeks because of a shoulder injury suffered when Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Joe Morrow slammed him into the boards in the first period of a game on Sunday.
"It's a tough situation for Vladdy,'' Syracuse coach Jon Cooper said. "He's a rookie, one of our prized prospects. He came in here looking to make a splash, which he did. His upside is limitless. It's tough to see him lose part of his first year pro.''