It's tough to watch this one without cringing. Former Montreal Canadiens draft pick Magnus Nygren, who is currently playing for HV Davos of the Swiss National League, is done for the season after his leg broke during a game over the weekend. Nygren told reporters the injury didn't hurt when it first happened, despite how gruesome it looked.
"It's strange, because it didn't hurt that much right away. But then I saw that the leg was hanging and immediately said to those close to me that 'leave me alone - the leg is off'," said Nygren.
Here's video of the incident. It looks like Nygren was simply skating backwards with the puck when his ankle gives out and he falls awkwardly to the ice.
"A completely harmless situation. I was going to move sideways and then I felt that the skate was stuck and that my 90 kilos were going in another direction... Then it clicked - and I understood immediately," said Nygren about the injury.
He has had surgery, His recovery time is estimated to be four months. Nygren, 32, never made it to the NHL after being drafted in the fourth round by the Habs in 2011. He did play some games with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL before heading home to Sweden.