The big victory green scoring machine will have one of its weapons on the shelf for the better part of the 2017 season, as sophomore forward Mattias Janmark has undergone knee surgery this week and is expected to be out of the lineup in the 5-to-6 months range.
Assuming all was to go well with his rehab and he was in the 6-month range, he would be missing around 23 of the 26 weeks of the regular season, coming back in time to shake off some of the rust and help the playoff push this season and pretty well taking his name out of contention for the hockey pool draft this year.
In the 2016 season, as a rookie, the 23-year old Swede finished 194th among all forwards in scoring with 29 points in 73 games. He was projected to fall off a bit, given my expectation of the sophomore jinx, but he had certainly shown some real upside to his game.
This is the sort of injury that creates opportunity in the depths of the organization and it could be a guy like Brett Ritchie or Devin Shore could step up and pick up some points. A spot is now open in Stars camp, so it will be a dogfight and could be worth paying attention to for a sleeper pick.