Montreal Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon will no longer be a part of the Canadian World Junior Team in Ufa Russia. Hudon reportedly suffered a lower back injury during today’s practice and has been further evaluated unable to participate in the rest of the tournament. Hudon went into selection camp with a lingering in back issue and was being managed by the team trainers and doctors to keep him playable. During today’s practice Hudon might have re-aggravated the playable injury potentially disc related, which could be pretty bad.
“But, today in practice, he definitely pulled a muscle. They don’t know if it’s disc-related..we had to make, but, ultimately, you can’t go into an event like this with players that aren’t up to 100 per cent.”
Charles Hudon sustained a concussion early on in the season playing for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the QMJHL. Hudon was just recently named captain of the Sagueneens before being selected to represent Canada at the Juniors. Mark McNeill will takeover Hudon’s role on the roster, a former first round pick in 2011 by the Chicago Blackhawks. McNeill plays a similar two-way game as Hudon and will likely be on the 3rd or 4th line.