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Hockey Recruiting: Matthew Freytag to miss 2 months with back injury

Wisconsin recruit Matthew Freytag is expected to miss time with a back injury, but should be back in time for the high school season.

Matthew Freytag skating in Elite League action last weekend.
Matthew Freytag skating in Elite League action last weekend.
Photo Credit: Matt Christians

The fall hockey season is just kicking off, but one future Badger is going to be on the sidelines for the foreseeable future. Wayzata forward Matthew Freytag tweeted Thursday that he'll miss the next two months with an injury.

A source told Bucky's 5th Quarter Thursday night that Freytag suffered a lower back injury. The two-month timetable insinuates the injury is significant.

If Freytag is indeed out for two months, that would put his return sometime in early November. While he'll likely miss the rest of the fall Upper Midwest High School Elite League schedule, he should be back for the start of the high school season at Wayzata.

In a similar situation last year, Wisconsin freshman Grant Besse suffered a lower leg injury early in the Elite League year that forced him to miss the fall season. Besse recovered well enough to win the Mr. Hockey award as the top senior hockey player in the state of Minnesota.

Freytag committed to Wisconsin in early August. He also visited the University of Minnesota before making his decision.

A 6-foot, 180-pound power forward, Freytag registered 22 goals and 37 points in 31 games last season as a sophomore at Wayzata. Freytag led the Trojans in scoring and helped propel his team to the Minnesota AA state hockey tournament and a semifinals appearance.

Freytag's USHL rights are owned by the Tri-City Storm, who selected him in the second round of the 2013 Phase I draft for 1997-born players.

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