Drake Batherson to miss All-Star Game after questionable hit from goalie Aaron Dell
Ottawa Senators forward Drake Batherson will miss out on the All-Star Video game after a hit that landed Buffalo Sabres goaltender Aaron Dell a three-game suspension for disturbance.
Batherson was chasing after a Sabres gamer around the web late in the very first duration of Ottawa’s 5-0 triumph Tuesday night when the goalie captured him with his shoulder . He fell hard into the boards and hurt his ankle, and Senators coach D.J. Smith stated he is out long-term.
“Unfortunately, for him, the kid has a chance to go to his first All-Star Game,” Smith stated. “It’s a bad play by the goalie. He’s done it before.”
The suspension, the very first disciplinary action versus Dell, will cost him $11,250 in play.
“Quite frankly, it was just a (expletive) play,” stated Senators captain Brady Tkachuk, according to Sportsnet. “What happened was unnecessary and dirty. You just feel for (Drake). He’s put in so much work to get to where he’s at. It definitely sucks.”
The NHL’s Department of Gamer Security stated Batherson wasn’t qualified to strike on the play due to the fact that he didn’t have the puck.
“Dell takes an active step into Batherson, shifting his weight and delivering a hit to an unsuspecting player that causes a dangerous fall into the boards,” the video stated.
Dell, with the San Jose Sharks at the time, made a comparable hit versus the Vegas Golden Knights’ Mark Stone in 2019.
“I don’t like calling out other goalies, but (skaters are) not expecting to get hit by the goalie, just like when the goalie comes out to play the puck, you can’t hit him,” stated Senators goalie Matt Murray.
Batherson was called to represent the Senators at next week’s All-Star Video game in Las Vegas. He leads Ottawa with 34 points in 31 video games.
Tkachuk was called Wednesday as Batherson’s replacement.
This post initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: Aaron Dell knocks Drake Batherson out of All-Star Video Game: ‘Dirty’ struck
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.