Toronto Maple Leafs announced that defenceman Carl Dahlstrom will be missing out NHL season due to undergoing shoulder surgery. He is expected to be out for 6-months, after falling prey to the Montreal Canadiens preseason game.
The team washed out Canadiens at 3-0 on Wednesday. Canadiens forward Rem Pitlick cross-checked Dahlstrom along the boards at 15:07 during the first period. With Dahlstrom out of the season, Mitchell Marner is expected to fill the void.
Leafs lose two defencemen – Carl Dahlstrom and Jordie Benn as they sustain injury
Leafs’ coach Sheldon Keefe said on Friday, “Carl is going to require surgery”. “It’s going to be a six-month recovery, so bad news on that front.” Last season, Dahlstrom scored 2 assists in 3 games, recording 14 assists in 49 games with Toronto of AHL.
Keefe further commented, “I haven’t seen him yet or spoken to [Dahlstrom] myself so I’m not quite sure (how he’s taken the news)”. “There’s never a good time for such a thing…”
He continued “… but particularly when you’ve come off a summer of training and preparation and you are competing for a spot in the NHL, you get that news, it’s difficult and of course, it takes a shot at our depth as well, so that’s not one you like to see.”
Apart from Dahlstrom, defenceman Jordie Benn will also be sidelined for 3-weeks. The good news is that he’s not in such a serious condition as the former. Benn sustained a groin injury during the preseason game against the Canadiens on Wednesday.
Undoubtedly it was a bad day for the Leafs, as they lost two of their powerful defenceman just before the start of the 2022-23 season. Hopes have been piling up against Mitchell Marner who states that he’s ‘ready to take’ on the responsibility that’s been put on him.
As for Benn, Keefe noted, “For Benn, he’s going to be a minimum of three weeks so I guess we can look at that as positive news in the sense it is not as bad as initially thought, but it’s going to require some time to recover.”