Jackets Knutsen Suffers Injury Before Camp

By Evan Andriopoulos
Espen Knutsen has been sidelined by a shoulder injury just one day before leaving for the US with his girfriend Hanne and son Emil.

Knutsen is still expected to be at camp but it is not known whether the injury will effect his play. Knutsen stated that it only hurt when moving the shoulder and there was not any constant pain. He received a cortizone shot from the Norwegian Medical Institute and Dr. Berner. Knutsen also received a MRI. Knutsen noticed the pain when he was struck by a puck in practice with VIF-Oslo hockey. His shoulder will be checked by team doctors upon his arrival in Columbus.

For the naysayers of Knutsen it is believed that this may be just another excuse in case he does not fare well against the larger North American opponents. However a recent poll in Norway`s Daily VG reported that 79 of 115 votes casted believe that Knutsen will play well and have success in the NHL this time around.

Before Christmas a new label will be in Norwegian and perhaps world stores… Espen Knutsen logos will adorn workout clothes. If he does well in the NHL then the product may take off… if he does not… well…. Knutsen will receive a percentage off each sale. From training clothes to soap dishes…the logo will be on a complete line.

Realistic Predictions:

Knutsen 66 13 28 41 32 -17 5 3
*Limited with injuries...

Knutsen can develop into a top level center but he needs to have the right support caste including coaching. King is a believer and Knutsen may hit 20 goals and 60 points in year 2 or become valuable trade bait… In the worst case scenerio Knutsen will be Mikael Nylander….