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Shoulder injury could sideline K’s rookie Delisle for year

Delisle

One of the few bright spots for the Komets recently has been Steven Delisle, a 6-foot-6, 209-pound rookie, who has helped stabilize the defense.

Now, he may be out for the season.

Delisle has a shoulder subluxation – it is popping in and out of its joint – that first occurred during training camp with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets and was re-aggravated in Friday’s 5-3 loss to Bloomington.

A fourth-round draft pick of Columbus in 2008, Delisle is expected to undergo an MRI this week.

“It looks like surgery is the next option,” Komets coach Al Sims said. “All he did was reach up for a puck and it popped out again, so obviously it needs something more than just time.”

Delisle, 20, in his first season out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is scoreless with a minus-2 rating in six games for Fort Wayne.

The Komets are 5-10-1, last among the Central Hockey League’s 18 teams.

“It definitely hurts us. He’s just a young kid that has only played six games pro, and then this happens to him,” Sims said. “It looks like his season might end. It’s very discouraging for him and tough for our team because I think he would have developed into a Brent Henley-type player.

“It’s a big hole for us. We were looking forward to January and February and seeing what kind of player he could have been.”

Delisle and center Chris Francis, who has one goal and eight points in 12 games, are the only Columbus players on assignment with Fort Wayne.

Meanwhile, the Komets are pensive about their play in Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Dayton, when they gave up a pair of third-period goals.

The Komets have lost 2 of 6 games this season when leading after two periods. Last season in the IHL, when they won their third straight championship, they were 39-1-2 in such games.

“We’ve got to play smarter in the third and just be tougher to beat,” said Sims, whose team has been outscored 6-1 in the third periods of its last three games.

“We need more smarts with the puck when you have a one-goal lead, especially in the third period in the other team’s rink.”

The Komets play their next four games on the road, starting Friday at Wichita, Kan.

jcohn@jg.net

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