According to TSN on Tuesday, five National Hockey League players who were invited to Canada's Olympic orientation camp for men's hockey in August are now on injured reserve.
The latest was Edmonton Oilers' left winger Taylor Hall, who suffered a knee injury on Saturday in a 3-1 Oilers victory in Ottawa. Hall, who led the Oilers with 34 assists and 50 points last season, once again led the Oilers with eight points in 2013-14. He will be out one month according to Oilers' General Manager Craig MacTavish.
Letang has not played at all this season because of a knee injury, Neal is out with an undisclosed upper body injury, while Boyle and Nash are both out with serious head injuries.
The fact that five Canadian players are injured so early in the season, will make Steve Yzerman's job more difficult in selecting team Canada for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.