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Karlsson undergoes surgery
Defenseman to be re-evaluated in mid-March
1/25/2022 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks provided clarity on the state of defenseman Erik Karlsson, who underwent surgery at Kaiser Permanente in San Jose to repair a muscle tear in his left forearm. The defensemen missed last Saturday's game against Tampa Bay after suffering or aggravating the injury in the Sharks loss at Seattle on January 20th.

The extent of the injury was serious enough to require surgery. Karlsson will be re-evaluated in mid-March, which means it's not a gaurantee that he will be available to return. The defenseman has missed 9 games this season, 6 of which came in November when he was placed on the COVID protocol list. He then missed 2 games in early January due to an upper body injury.

Holes in the blueline have seemingly been ongoing this season. San Jose has been without defenseman Jake Middleton since January 6th. Radim Simek just returned to the lineup after missing 6 games earlier this month.

The subtraction on the blueline will force the Sharks to lean on youngsters Nicolas Meloche and Jaycob Megna. Meloche has been scratched 13 times since his call up on December 2nd. Megna has played in the last 9 games, scoring hist first goal of the season agaisnt Tampa Bay on Saturday. San Jose also has Santeri Hatakka, who started the season the roster but was sent to the San Jose Barracuda on December 2nd.

With the Sharks currently fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, they will need to decide if acquiring veteran help is necessary to stay in the hunt. The Sharks sit in 10th place in the West, tied with Calgary and Dallas in points (44), but the Flames and Stars have 5 and 3 games in hand respectively.

If the trends continue, San Jose won't qualify for the post season, so it makes little sense for the Sharks to be buyers at the NHL trade deadline at the end of March.


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