Senators lose Colin White to shoulder injury; expected to be out 4-6 months

When it comes to the NHL preseason, wins and losses don’t matter. That’s why what every fan, player, and organization dreads are injuries at this time of year.

In a 3-1 loss to Toronto, Colin White went to make a hit on a Leafs player just 5 minutes into the game. White went down awkward after the contact and was slow to get up with his shoulder and arm sagging.

The injury turns out to be a real setback for the Senators. Andrew Agozzino appears to be getting first crack at replacing him.

“Obviously, it’s unfortunate but that does create an opportunity for a guy like myself and that’s something you work for and look for,” Agozzino said. “It’s something I have to try and grab a hold of.”

Colin White needs shoulder surgery

Ottawa Senators center Colin White is expected to undergo surgery on his dislocated shoulder and be sidelined four-to-six months, head coach D.J. Smith announced Thursday.

White, 24, sustained the injury after administering a check on Dave Kampf during the first period of the Senators’ preseason game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. Smith said the following day that White was in line to miss a “significant amount of time.”

White recorded 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in 45 games last season.

He has 88 points (33 goals, 55 assists) in 200 career games since being selected by the Senators with the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report