Traverse City — He hasn’t seen the video but Darren Helm remembers everything that happened Thursday, about 10 to 15 minutes into training camp.
Skating up the side and colliding with prospect Jerome Verrier, and feeling the pain all over.
“I didn’t even get my head quick enough to see him,” Helm said Monday, after the completion of the Red-White scrimmage which concludes training camp. “I was kind of looking back for a pass and I was expecting him (Verrier) to be going up the other side.
“Somewhere in there the drill got messed up and both us were going the same lane.”
Helm suffered a slight shoulder separation which could keep him out of playing for two to four weeks. He also suffered a concussion, which is nagging him.
“I’ve been feeling a little bit of a headache,” said Helm, who has had one diagnosed concussion before. “We’ll jump on the bike (Tuesday) and see how it feels and get the heart rate going, and take it from there.”
Verrier suffered a broken right leg in the collision.
Helm compared the collision to “running into a wall” and remembers the pain going through his body.
“I wasn’t knocked out, so I was happy about that,” Helm said. “It hurt. It was a big hit, and not necessarily my head or shoulder, I didn’t even know my shoulder was separated until I got to the hospital, just all over, I was achy.
“I just wanted to lay there and rest and when it was time to get up, I got up, and went to the (locker) room.”
Helm hasn’t talked to Verrier yet about the incident.
“I haven’t yet, but I know he’s here today and I will talk to him and see what his perspective was,” Helm said. “Just see how he is. I know he had surgery. Hopefully he is doing well.”
Seeing Helm on Monday morning, coach Jeff Blashill is optimistic Helm will recover from this setback quickly.
“He seems likes he’s in a good spot,” Blashill said. “He’s going to be frustrated when something like this, an unfortunate accident, happens but he’ll work through it and day by day continue to get better.”
The shoulder will heal, but it’s the concussion that worries Helm.
There is no definitive timeline for when a concussion could get better, and having had one before, Helm is worried about the ramifications later on.
“Concussions are all different and there’s no set timeline to returning,” Helm said. “I just hope mine does progress quickly and I can get back to playing and there are no long-term issues.
“I don’t want to keep getting concussions; that’s an issue down the road.”
Helm went through a disheartening stretch of injuries for two seasons before going injury-free last season.
He’s hoping this isn’t the start of another unlucky stretch.
“It wasn’t my ideal start of the season, but move forward,” Helm said. “It’s better down than playoffs down the road, or down the stretch, when I need to be playing.
“This was an unlucky situation. I haven’t seen something like this as long as I’ve been playing. It’s unfortunate bad luck, but move on.”
Anthony Mantha (two goals), Tomas Nosek (two goals, one during 3-on-3), Xavier Ouellet and Tomas Nosek (during 3-on-3) scored goals for the Red’s team 6-2 victory over the White.
Riley Sheahan (power play) and Brad Richards (3-on-3) scored for the White.
“The one thing that was impressive was the young player that are trying to make a push and show either they want to make the team out of camp or be one of the first guys called up, a lot of those guys played real well,” Blashill said. “Their energy and competitiveness was great.”
On to Chicago
Blashill will have Jimmy Howard and Tom McCollum in net against Chicago on Tuesday for the team’s first exhibition game.
Andy Miele, Sheahan, and Luke Glendening will comprise the top line, with Dylan Larkin centering Mantha and Teemu Pulkkinen on the second line.
Brendan Smith and Alexey Marchenko will be the the top defense pair.