Injury bug strikes Bruins early, takes down roster hopeful

Updated Sep 22, 2015 at 11:46a ET

The Bruins are not getting off to the most healthy start in the dawn of this new season. After defenseman Dennis Seidenberg already had to shelve the early part of his preseason due to an upper-body injury, Boston received more bad news Monday when the team announced right wing Seth Griffith will miss 3-4 weeks with an MCL sprain.

Griffith suffered the injury Sunday night in a preseason game against the Devils, and the timeline means he will miss the remainder of training camp and the Bruins' preseason schedule. That is a seriously blow to the 22-year-old's hopes of making the team's NHL roster out of camp.

Griffith played 30 games for the Bruins last season, totaling 10 points (six goals, four assists) while spending some time playing alongside David Krejci. But Griffith's main role was more of a lower-six forward, and after the Bruins picked up Zac Rinaldo and Jimmy Hayes this offseason to also fill possible lower-six slots, Griffith would have a tough time making the roster even if he was healthy.

Now it looks like Griffith will have to return to Providence — where he took on first-line duties last season — and hope for a lucky break once the season starts.

(h/t WEEI)

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