Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ryan Rupert won’t be playing in Game 4 of the SUBWAY Super Series because of a right shoulder injury. Rupert will be replaced on the squad by Garrett Meurs of the Plymouth Whalers.
The Leafs selected Rupert 157th overall, in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. This is his third season playing for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League and he has seven assists in 15 games so far this year. Rupert was injured back on November 1st in a game against the Windsor Spitfires when he collided with defenseman Nick Ebert. It was reported that Rupert would miss around a month of action, so the move was not a surprise.
Meurs is in his fourth season with the Whalers and he was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by the Colorado Avalanche. He has ten goals and seven assists in 19 games so far in 2012-13 with Plymouth and currently ranks second in team scoring.
Team Russia leads the series 2-1 with victories in Game 1 over the QMJHL (6-2) and Game 3 over the OHL (2-1). The QMJHL countered with a 5-2 win in Game 2.
Game 4 goes tonight at 7:00pm EST in Sarnia, ON.