The Calgary Flames roster has hit their first major speedbump of the 2023–24. The team announced that Jakob Pelletier will be out indefinitely after sustaining an injury during the Flames’ preseason game against the Seattle Kraken. This is awful news for the budding locker room, bench, and on-ice sensation—whose infectious energy was a source of joy for players and fans alike last season. Not to mention the role expected for Pelletier this season would only get bigger as he had the trajectory to be a full-time NHLer.
An unfortunate start for Pelletier
This is a brutal way to start a season for anyone, but Pelletier was and is going to be one of the best parts of the Flames’ roster this year. Even before he hit the ice in game action, he was already making newsworthy jokes in his media appearances, specifically taking a shot at Sutter’s comments about him after his NHL debut.
In Pelletier’s sole preseason appearance, he skated 7:16 and registered one primary assist. In the trailing seconds of the first period, he was hit by Marian Studenic, who received a boarding major and game misconduct. The hit ended Pelletier’s night and it will now put a lengthy pause on his 2023–24 season.
The road to recovery
At this point in time, all that can be said is that we hope Pelletier sees a full recovery and can return to the Flames sooner rather than later.