Sunday, June 18, 2017

Off-Season Injury Notes (Jun 18)

On Saturday afternoon, the Anaheim Ducks announced that forward Ryan Kesler underwent a surgical procedure to clean out his hip of bone fragments and other assorted hindrances, a seemingly standard procedure. The surgery appears to be quite the invasive type, as his timetable for getting back onto the ice could be as long as 12 weeks.

A 3-month recovery time will set him back until the start of training camp or thereabouts, which will probably mean he'll miss out on a good portion of the drills and stuff to start the year, but with an expedited push, he should still be ready for opening night.

Kesler was instrumental in the playoff push that the Ducks had through to the Western Conference Finals, but he is also a very valuable player in the hockey pools, as he finished 46th among all forwards in scoring, with 22 goals and 58 points in all 82 games.  He could easily be a 3rd round pick in the draft, but will likely fall a bit to the defenseman/goalie rushes we now see every year.

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