On Monday, the Dakota Jackalopes placed star LW “Flyin’ Ryan” Airston on the 10-game DL. Airston was knocked out with an upper-body injury on Sunday against Saskatchewan. Airston’s injury was a major blow to Dakota’s feeble offense, as he is one of their leading scorers. To take his place, the Jackalopes promoted LW Van Dyke Browning from their minor-league affiliate in Idaho. Browning, 20, was off to a strong start in Idaho (2 goals and 4 assists in 9 games); he made his SHL debut on Thursday against Kansas City
On Friday, the Boston Badgers placed D Patrick Banks on the 10-game DL. Banks suffered an upper-body injury during Thursday’s game against Quebec. It’s the second injury-marred season in a row for Banks, who missed most of 2018’s second half after suffering a broken leg and torn ACL. To fill Banks’ roster spot, Boston called up D Kermit Kaufman from their minor-league affiliate in Hartford. The 21-year-old Kaufman, who appeared in 21 games for the Badgers last season, recorded 3 assists in 11 games with Hartford.
Also on Friday, the Quebec Tigres placed D Richard McKinley on the DL. McKinley left Thursday’s contest against Boston with an upper-body injury; he is expected to be out of action for up to 4 weeks. McKinley was one of Quebec’s top blueliners, posting 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) and a +7 rating. The Tigres promoted RW Luc LePettier from their CHL affiliate in Maine to fill the open roster slot. LePettier had recorded 4 goals and 5 assists on the season with the Moose.
On the good-news front for Quebec, they activated LW Stellan Fisker on Saturday. Fisker went on the DL with a lower-body injury during the season’s opening week. Fisker was an essential piece of last year’s Eastern Division-winning Tigres squad, as he scored 23 goals and anchored the second line.
On Saturday, the Kansas City Smoke demoted G Brooks Copeland to their affiliate in Omaha, and called up G Bill Bates from Omaha. The Smoke’s 4.30 GAA and .875 save percentage are worst in the league, both by significant margins. Copeland is off to a dismal start between the pipes, going 0-5-0 with a 5.00 GAA and an .843 save percentage. He lost the starting netminder job this to rookie Jim Fleetwood. With Omaha this season, Bates recorded a 4-2-1 record with a 2.51 GAA and a .907 save percentage.