This is why we can’t have nice things.
After having won seven of their last nine games, the hockey gods decided to even the score with the Florida Panthers as the team announced today that defenseman Erik Gudbranson would be out indefinitely after undergoing successful orbital bone surgery today in Boca Raton.
Currently in the midst of one of the best seasons of his young career, Gudbranson, 21, had been looking like a completely different skater in recent weeks and had seen a substantial spike in his offensive output since being paired with newly acquired d-man Dylan Olsen.
In his last thirteen games, Gudbranson had compiled five points (2G-3A-5P) while also being one of the team’s better shutdown defensemen and tough guys.
Although the team has yet to announce a timetable for his return, a procedure such as this usually takes about a month to come back from (see Bryan McCabe), though every case is different.
In his absence, the Panthers have recalled former 2nd round pick, Alex Petrovic, to try and fill Gudbranson’s very large shoes.
We will continue to update you on this story and Gudbranson’s recovery as information becomes available.
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