TROY, NY — As expected, Paul Thompson was not on the ice for the Albany Devils practice Wednesday at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. The Devils’ leading scorer from a year ago was helped off the ice during the team’s 4-1 win against the Binghamton Senators Sunday.
Thompson’s upper-body injury occurred deep inside the offensive zone after winning a race to the puck five minutes into the second period. Zack Stortini laid the hit and was assessed a match penalty for boarding. On Monday the American Hockey League issued a two game suspension.
Thompson is classified as being out indefinitely.
“It’s going to be a week-by-week thing,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “The MRI showed nothing conclusive right now, so I guess that’s positive. There is a lot of swelling in the shoulder and back region. Like I said, he’s out indefinitely.”
It will likely be a week until Thompson even entertains getting back onto the ice.
“He’s in quite a bit of pain and will be for at least another five to seven days,” Kowalsky said.
The 26-year-old scored his first goal of the season Friday. In 2014-15, he finished second in the AHL with 33 goals and was named to the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic Roster. Thompson signed a two-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils this offseason.