One of the Caps’ young, up and coming prospects has suffered a significant setback in his first professional season. Defenseman Connor Hobbs will miss the next six to eight weeks due to a fractured left wrist, the Hershey Bears announced Sunday.
The injury occurred during the Bears’ loss on Saturday against the Toronto Marlies. Hobbs skated hard into Hershey’s bench as he missed on a hit on a Marlies player.
This is the play that injured Connor Hobbs. Looks like he missed on a hit and went full bore into the boards in front of his own bench. pic.twitter.com/xatUbus5gs— Sin Bin Bears (@SinBinBears) November 5, 2017
Hobbs, 20, is in his first professional season after aging out of his junior team, the Regina Pats of the WHL. A fifth-round pick of the Caps in 2015, Hobbs exceeded expectations in the WHL and developed into a star on the blue line. In the 2016-17 season, he recorded 31 goals and 85 points in 67 games.
The injury should not affect the Caps’ plans for this season. Should the NHL squad need to dip deeper into their defensive depth in the future, players like Tyler Lewington, Jonas Siegenthaler and Lucas Johansen would likely have been recalled first. But that does not mean the Caps do not have high hopes for him in the future.
Hobbs has a monster slap shot and was very effective in the WHL at getting the puck on net from the blue line whether it be with the slap shot or with a subtle wrister. His defensive acumen needs work, but he is a player with definite potential and a higher ceiling than many thought as a fifth-round pick.
While broken bones are always a concern, the good news is that the fracture was to Hobbs’ non-shooting wrist. As a right-shot, any lingering effects of the fracture will not hamper him as much as it would had it been to his right.
In 10 games this season in the AHL, Hobbs has one goal and two points.