Wednesday, August 24, 2016

World Cup Player Notes (Aug 24)

The last word we saw on Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was that he was dealing with a knee issue, but surgery wasn't really in the cards and that was back in the middle of May. One would wonder if rehab through the Summer didn't go as planned, as he was replaced on Sweden's World Cup roster on Wednesday, as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm will be taking his spot.

There has been no word on what the injury to Kronwall will do to his availability for training camp, the preseason or the start of the regular season, but he is going on the list as a player to watch through the start of camp. joining Teemu Pulkkinen as a player on their roster in question and the two long-term injuries to Johan Frazen and Joe Vitale, who they don't expect to have this season.

The Swedes are now adding a good up-and-coming defender in Lindholm and is trending the right way in his career path.  Last season, the 22-year old finished with 28 points in 80 games and the expectation is that he'll continue to gain in those numbers.  The early projections on my end have him at 30 points, but those could certainly change with a good tournament and getting that head start to his year.

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