San Jose Sharks’ William Eklund finished for the season after shoulder surgery

The San Jose Sharks have announced that forward William Eklund underwent surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum and is out for the remainder of the season.

The team said Eklund should make a full recovery in time for training camp in September.

Eklund was injured in an AHL game on March 22 after colliding with Colorado Eagles player Nate Clurman. The 20-year-old prospect was called up for eight games with the big team at the end of the season, scoring twice and adding an assist. Eklund had a stellar season in the AHL, recording 17 goals and 41 points in 54 games as a rookie.

The injury is a big loss for the Barracuda, who remain five points out of the playoffs with just eight games left in the season. Eklund finished second in team scoring behind veteran Andrew Agozzino.

A smart forward who gives his all in every shift, Eklund has had his ups and downs over his short NHL career, but mostly looks like the talent the team hoped for when they selected him seventh overall. total in the Swedish Hockey League. Considered one of the team’s top prospects, Eklund will be looking to break into the Sharks full-time next year. The team is currently fourth in the race to land Connor Bedard, so Eklund could also be joined by a top rookie next season.

The Sharks are currently without forwards Oskar Lindblom, Andreas Johnsson, Alexander Barabnov, Evgeny Svechnikov and Jonah Gadjovich, as well as defender Matt Benning. San Jose has already been knocked out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and sits 29th in the league with a record of 21-39-15 and 57 points. They’re 2-5-3 over the last 10 games, but they’re on a two-game winning streak.

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