Mark Stuart can be a handy guy to have on defense. He tries to single-handedly abuse the other team and handles a good portion of the physical game. Unfortunately, Stuart won't be stickhandling for the next 4-6 weeks after breaking his ring finger. So as not to be shorthanded, Steven Kampfer, has been handpicked from Providence to replace him. Kampfer was impressive during training camp and the rookie games, and offhand I can't think of a better replacement.
Kampfer will have one "easy" game on Thursday against the Islanders to get acclimated. After that, he'll have his hands full with quality teams/rivals like the Flyers, Sabres, Canadiens, and Capitals.
Stuart is an old hand at these types of injuries, last year he had a hand infection (specifically his finger) during the end of season/part of the playoffs. While these injuries can be a handful, the good news is that it's an upper body injury, and he should be able to stay well conditioned during his recovery, so he shouldn't be too handicapped when he eventually returns.
What can be done to keep him off the IR and on the ice manhandling the opposition? Well as usual, we have a few ideas of our own.
After the jump: A few alternate hands for Stuart.Add a comment