Travis Lynch has a broken right hand. He'll be out for at least a month, per Berenson.— Jeremy Summitt (@jeremysummitt) January 12, 2015
First reported by Jeremy Summitt of the Michigan Daily, senior center Travis Lynch has a broken hand and will miss at least a month.
Lost in the midst of Red Berenson's 800th win against Minnesota, Lynch was injured late in the game blocking a shot and will miss a crucial road stretch that takes the Wolverines on the road to Ohio State, Wisconsin, the Michigan State series in Detroit and Chicago and possibly Minnesota.
4th line center is an underrated position that Lynch has held for the better part of four years. His responsibility as a forechecker, defensive standout and situational specialist largely goes unnoticed but plays a pivotal role to the team's success.
In addition to 4th line duties, Lynch was one of the team's better penalty killers and was having his best season offensively with 5 goals since he scored 6 his freshman year.
Justin Selman is the best and only option to replace him. He's played the position sparingly during his career and the Wolverines don't have another checking center with all of their reserve forwards being wings. This will put an abrupt end to Selman's short but successful run on Michigan's second line with Zach Hyman.