Petes cap­tain Zach Gal­lant out for 10-12 weeks with high an­kle sprain

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The Peter­bor­ough Petes ex­pect to be with­out cap­tain Zach Gal­lant for 10 to 12 weeks af­ter learn­ing Fri­day he’ll need surgery to re­pair a high an­kle sprain.

The Detroit Red Wings prospect had to be helped off the ice af­ter crash­ing feet first into the boards in the open­ing minute of Thurs­day’s 5-4 over­time win against the Erie Ot­ters.

The Petes were op­ti­mistic af­ter X-rays showed Thurs­day night there were no bro­ken bones. Fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion on Fri­day re­vealed a high an­kle sprain where the lig­a­ment dam­age was se­vere enough to re­quire surgery.

“It turned out to be a lit­tle more se­ri­ous than we orig­i­nally ex­pected,” said Petes GM Mike Oke.

He’ll have the surgery early next week.

Oke said the club will not put the cap­tain’s C on an­other player in the in­terim and in­stead will rely on their three as­sis­tant cap­tains, over­agers Austin Os­man­ski, Chris Pa­que­tte and Adam Tim­leck.

Dustin Hutton took Gal­lant’s spot in the lineup Fri­day night in Oshawa and Shawn Spear­ing also drew in with Ja­cob Par­tridge scratched. The Petes went with seven de­fence­men.

Nick Robert­son re­mains out with a wrist in­jury and head coach Rob Wil­son said he’s 50/ 50 to play next week. John Parker-Jones is weeks away from a re­turn as he re­cov­ers from a bro­ken fin­ger.

Robert­son ranked 29th

Petes sopho­more for­ward Nick Robert­son is rated 29th over­all among prospects for the 2019 NHL En­try Draft in rank­ings by Sport­snet ju­nior hockey an­a­lyst Sam Cosentino.

Robert­son has missed all but two games this sea­son with a wrist in­jury. Cosentino says of Robert­son, “Small­ish, quick, nifty puck han­dler and a wicked shot have the younger brother of Dal­las prospect Ja­son be­gin­ning to make noise with solid show­ings at both the Hlinka-Gret­zky Cup and the All-Amer­i­can Prospects game.”

Cosentino ranks Jack Hughes of the U.S. Na­tional Devel­op­ment Team Pro­gram as the No. 1 prospect.

Bar­rie Colts for­ward Ryan Suzuki is the top ranked OHL player at No. 14.

Petes alumni in AHL

Peter­bor­ough mi­nor hockey grad Ri­ley Still­man and ex-Pete Jonathan Ang started their pro hockey ca­reers this week with the AHL’s Spring­field Thun­der­birds, af­fil­i­ate of the NHL’s Florida Pan­thers.

Other Peter­bor­ough na­tives or Petes alumni in the AHL this year in­clude Nikita Korostelev (Cleve­land Mon­sters), Matt Puem­pel (Grand Rapids Griffins), Chris Breen (Prov­i­dence Bru­ins), Eric Cor­nel (Rochester Amer­i­cans), Alan Quine (Stock­ton Heat), Trevor Mur­phy (Tuc­son Road­run­ners) and a quar­tet of Syra­cuse Crunch play­ers Do­minik Masin, Matt Spencer, Mitchell Stephens and Jonne Tam­mela.

Hay­ton makes a splash

Peter­bor­ough na­tive Bar­rett Hay­ton made a splash in his first game back with the Sault Ste. Marie Grey­hounds on Wednesday.

Hay­ton had a goal and two as­sists in a 4-1 win over the Flint Fire­birds af­ter be­ing re­turned to the OHL by the Ari­zona Coy­otes.

NHL de­but for Baker

Petes alum­nus Tyson Baker made his NHL de­but on Tues­day as a lines­man when the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors hosted the Philadel­phia Fly­ers.

Baker made the jump to the NHL af­ter just one sea­son work­ing in the OHL last sea­son as a lines­man. Baker played three games for the Petes be­tween 2012 and 2014. The 23-year-old is a na­tive of St. Mary’s, Ont.

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