Minnesota Wild prospect suffers gruesome injury giving up his body to block a shot

Published March 12, 2023 at 11:22
When the Minnesota Wild drafted Marat Khusnutdinov in the 2nd round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, they knew they were getting a good player. What the likely didn't know was just how selfless if a player be would grow into. But last week during a playoff game Khusnutdinov put his body on the line for his team.

Late in the 2nd period of SKA's playoff game, Khusnutdinov dove to knock a pick away off a faceoff. Unfortunately on the play the stick of Joseph Duszak comes up and strikes Marat directly in the face.

Khusnutdinov was left bloodied and on the ice. The SKA bench was absolutely incensed by the play and their Head Coach event went as far as accusing Duszak and North American players not caring about the health of Russian players.

After the game a photo was released of the damage done and just how bad Khusnutdinov was cut.

SKA doesn't have an updated estimated return date on when Khusnutdinov will be able to return, but it's clear his determination should translate perfectly to the NHL when he chooses to make the jump.
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