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One of the Winnipeg Jets' top young prospects could be done for the season after suffering a serious injury earlier this week.
Brendan Lemieux was knocked out of Tuesday's Manitoba Moose game after taking a big hit from Colin Greening of the Toronto Marlies. Lemieux was favouring his leg and/or knee and had to be helped off the ice by teammates.
"Lower-body. Going for more investigation. I think it's going to be more on the longer-term than the shorter-term," Moose head coach Pascal Vincent said following Friday's morning skate at the MTS Centre.
With just over three weeks left in the season, Vincent said it's possible that Lemieux won't return to action. That likely rules out any chance of a late-season call-up with the Jets.
Lemieux, 21, has gone through a frustrating first full pro year. He was injured in the Jets Young Stars tournament last fall and missed all of training camp and the beginning of the season. After a slow start, Lemieux appeared to be hitting his stride of late, with three goals and an assist in his past five games.
"I think he's been improving consistently throughout the season. We know what he's capable of. It's bringing all the pieces of the puzzle together, controlling his emotions during the games," Vincent said.
Overall, Lemieux has 12 goals and seven assists in 61 games while racking up 130 penalty minutes.
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