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Karlsson, Labanc, Hill Injury Updates + Still Not Worried About Dahlen



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Sheng Peng: Good news for Erik Karlsson.

The original timeline was a mid-March re-evaluation for Karlsson’s left forearm surgery and we’ll see how it looks then.

Now, Bob Boughner told me today that they’re going to re-evaluate sooner than mid-March.

Bob also said today that Karlsson’s forearm is quickly getting stronger. He said last week that Karlsson should be ahead of schedule.

So I’m guessing — just guessing — that we could see Karlsson on the ice for the San Jose Sharks in mid-March, which is an improvement over getting re-evaluated in mid-March and we’ll see.

As for Kevin Labanc, it’s status quo. He hit the ice for the first time today since his injury, with Erik Karlsson and Adin Hill, but Boughner says he still expects Labanc out for another four weeks. He’s been out for about eight weeks since shoulder surgery in mid-December.

Hill has been off the ice for the most part since the Sharks got back from the break, but it’s good to see him back. He’s day-to-day.

As for Jonathan Dahlen, I said after Dahlen got sent to the fourth line that I’m not worried about him and I’m still not worried about him after he got scratched.

The NHL is a hard league, and plenty of talented rookies get scratched. William Eklund this year, Trevor Zegras last year.

Dahlen isn’t either of those guys, but it doesn’t hurt anybody to watch and take a day off to reset.

Boughner today focused on Dahlen’s jump. He said in the first quarter of the season, the San Jose Sharks rookie was consistently able to get his feet into the dangerous offensive scoring positions. Not so much in the last quarter of the year.

Dahlen will be back for the San Jose Sharks soon and they need him.

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