Josh Norris could miss rest of the season for Senators

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Josh Norris was entering this season with the wind in his sails after scoring 35 goals and 50 points in 2021-22 for the Ottawa Senators.

Unfortunately, it looks like he will be sidelined for what could be the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury. The 23 year-old forward was hurt after taking a faceoff during the third period of Saturday’s 6-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes

“If at some point we get him back, great,” coach D.J. Smith said. “When you hear long-term, you’re thinking three months, four months, five months, six months.”

Josh Norris could miss rest of the season

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Sep 24, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators forward Josh Norris (9) carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

This isn’t the first time Norris has had to deal with a shoulder issue. He missed 15 games last season, although it’s a different injury this time.

“Different injury than the last one, same shoulder, different injury,” Smith said. “Is he going to require surgery or not? We’re in the middle of that right now. We’ll know a little more in the next four-five days but it’s long-term.”

Before getting hurt, Norris had recorded 1 goal and 1 assist in 5 games played. The goal came in the contest against the Yotes.

Ottawa Senators signed Norris to an eight-year extension in July worth $63.6 million. The average annual value of the contract is $7.95 million.

For his young career, Norris has totaled 92 points in 130 games. He was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the 2017 Draft before being a key piece in the huge Erik Karlsson trade on September 13, 2018.