The Western Hockey League website has Red Deer Rebels defenceman Haydn Fleury’s injury status listed as ‘indefinite’.
Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter, however, insisted Tuesday that Fleury, who suffered a lower-body injury during Saturday’s 7-1 loss at Brandon, is ‘day-to-day’ and should be back in the lineup Friday against the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers.
“I put ‘day-to-day’ on the league’s injury report. I don’t know how they got ‘indefinite’,” said Sutter. “Haydn told me he felt much better today and hopefully he’ll be able to skate tomorrow.
“He should be ready for the weekend, for Friday.”
Fleury has appeared in two games with the Rebels since being reassigned by the Carolina Hurricanes late last week.
The 3-3-0-0 Rebels will face a pair of tough weekend opponents in the Tigers, who occupy top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 6-1-0-0 record and the Brandon Wheat Kings, who are one point back of Medicine Hat with a 5-0-1-0 slate. The Wheat Kings visit the Centrium Saturday.
Following the weekend, the Rebels will host the Victoria Royals Tuesday at 7 p.m. before heading east for Oct. 17 and 18 contests with the host Saskatoon Blades and Prince Albert Raiders.
l•Meanwhile, the Rebels’ top pick in this year’s draft, forward Jake Leschyshyn, sits third in league scoring with six points (2g,4a) in just two games with the Saskatoon Blazers. The league leader has eight points in five outings.
Forward Reese Johnson, a Rebels list player, has three goals with the Blazers.
Goaltender Colby Entz, a 16-year-old who is also property of the Rebels, has posted a 2.62 GAA and .910 save percentage with the Moose Jaw Generals.