Monday, January 17, 2011

Wisconsin Recruiting: Brad Navin has strained MCL

As Gandalf posted last night, Brad Navin (pictured left), a forward recruit from Waupaca injured his knee on Thursday in a game at Tomahawk.

The Sixty Minutes blog was able to speak with Navin on Monday afternoon to get the scoop on how bad it was. Navin told us that the doctor informed him that he has an MCL sprain. The good news is that no surgery is needed.

I'm told that these types of injuries aren't severe and that most likely one could expect to be full strength in 4-6 weeks. If the 4-6 weeks is true, that would have Navin coming back right around the first week of the WIAA playoffs.

Navin is committed to Wisconsin for either 2012 or 2013 depending on departures and his development so this doesn't effect his status with the Badgers one iota but it is sad because Navin is a prospective NHL draft pick and the less times he can be seen the more it's going to hurt him in that regard.

Also, there is zero question that he would have been named the Wisconsin Mr. Hockey this season. Personally I still think they should give Navin the award. He's by far the most impressive senior in the state and it's not close.

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