Just a few years ago, Penguins forward prospect Joseph Blandisi was worried that his professional career was over before it even started.
It was the 2013-14 season and Blandisi was playing for the OHL's Barrie Colts, averaging over a point per game. He began feeling seriously ill, and nobody knew why.
"I was dizzy all the time, I couldn't really walk in a straight line," 24-year-old Blandisi recalled to me this week. "I couldn't see out of my peripherals. ... For six months I was pretty much bedridden, it was tough."