Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has spent the last three days in the neuro surgical intensive care unit at a Buffalo hospital to determine an undisclosed illness. He’s been sidelined for over a week.
Paul Hamilton of WGR-AM 550 reported the story on Wednesday, while the Buffalo News has confirmed it.
Sabres coach Dan Bylsma has no diagnosis to announce on Wednesday when he spoke to the media, but the situation does not sound good.
“As a coach and as a person [I’m] very concerned for him in this situation,” Bylsma said. “He’s sick and dealing with that. It’s a difficult thing for him to be dealing with right now in this situation.”
The Sabres also released a statement on Wednesday.
“Kyle continues to be under the care of our doctors as he deals with symptoms from an illness,” the statement said. “Out of respect to Kyle and his family, we will have no further comment at this time.”
Okposo was sidelined just a few hours before Buffalo’s game in Columbus on March 28. That two games into a return to the lineup following a rib injury that had him out for 10 games.
The Sabres signed Okposo to a seven-year contract worth $42 million in July and the 28-year-old was in his first year with the club.
In 65 games with Buffalo this season, Okposo has 45 points – including 19 goals, seven of which came on the power play.
In 594 career games with the Sabres and New York Islanders, he has 158 goals and 256 assists for a total of 414 points. He was drafted by the Islanders seventh overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. His best season to date was a 69-point campaign with Long Island in 2013-2014.