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The San Jose Sharks announced on Saturday afternoon that defenseman Erik Karlsson will miss the rest of the 2019-20 season with a broken thumb.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) February 15, 2020
The injury is the latest to sideline some of the Sharks’ premier players. San Jose announced a few weeks ago that forward Tomas Hertl underwent knee surgery during the NHL All-Star Break and will miss the remainder of the season, and Captain Logan Couture has been out since January 7 due to a fractured ankle. The Sharks recalled defenseman Jake Middleton from the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Karlsson suffered the injury in the Sharks’ 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. The team visits the Minnesota Wild on Saturday evening.
Karlsson leads the Sharks with 34 assists and 40 points in 56 games this season. He has missed significant time in the past three seasons due to another fracture, a groin injury, and a lower-body injury.
Karlsson’s injury is just the most recent addition to a long list of bad news for the Sharks since falling to the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final last season. Since then, captain Joe Pavelski, forward Joonas Donskoi, and forward Gustav Nyquist left as unrestricted free agents. As a result, the Sharks currently own the third-worst record in the Western Conference with 54 points and the second-worst goal differential in the Western Conference (-39) ahead of only the Los Angeles Kings (-44).
The Ottawa Senators also own their first-round pick this June as the Sharks dealt it in the trade to get Karlsson on September 13, 2018.
Their 3.30 goals-against per game average is tied with the Senators for the fourth-worst in the NHL this season while their average of 2.60 goals-per-game is the fifth-worst. Losing Karlsson also does no good to help a power-play that is 16.4% efficient, the seventh-worst.
From The Sharks
In the game on February 14 in Winnipeg, San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson suffered a broken thumb on his left hand, which will require surgery.
The injury will keep him out for the remainder of the 2019-20 season but he will be recovered well in advance of the team’s 2020 training camp in September.
Additionally, the team announced that they have recalled defenseman Jake Middleton from the San Jose Barracuda, the team’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.
By Harrison Brown