Karlsson (thumb) will be available for the Sharks if the NHL decides to restart the regular season, Brodie Brazil of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Unfortunately for Karlsson and the Sharks, the longer the league remains on hiatus, the less likely there will be a continuation of the regular season, which means the elite blueliner could be off until October. If this does mark the end of the 2019-20 campaign for the Swede, he would have posted his lowest point total (40) since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. While he may not be capable of reaching the 80-point mark anymore, Karlsson remains a top-end fantasy option in both season-long and DFS formats.
Karlsson (thumb) is nearly "all the way back" according to general manager Doug Wilson, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports, indicating he could be an option if the league resumes regular-season play. Unfortunately for Sharks' fans, even if Karlsson would be ready to play, the league would need to go back to regular-season games for him to get onto the ice, given the club's place in the standings. If the 27-year-old doesn't play in any more games this year, it would be the second straight season in which he failed to reach the 60-game or 50-point thresholds.
Karlsson will have surgery to repair his broken left thumb and has been ruled out for the rest of the year, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The injury news keeps getting worse for San Jose, as Karlsson will join Tomas Hertl (knee) as stars who will miss the rest of the season. The Sharks will need to recall another defenseman to add depth going forward, and they may place Karlsson on long-term IR to save cap space, although they'll likely be sellers leading up to the trade deadline. Overall, it's been a mediocre season for Karlsson. He finishes with 40 points (six goals, 34 assists) and 120 shots across 56 games. Karlsson should be ready for the 2020-21 season -- his age-30 campaign.
The Sharks placed Karlsson (upper body) on injured reserve Saturday, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Karlsson was already ruled out for Saturday's game against the Wild, and this news ensures his absence for at least a week. The Swede is dealing with an upper-body issue that he suffered in Friday's game after colliding awkwardly with teammate Joe Thornton, per Kevin Kurz of The Athletic. In his stead, Mario Ferraro and a likely call up will have the opportunity to draw into the lineup for the next few games.
Karlsson (undisclosed) won't play in Saturday's road game versus the Wild, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports. Karlsson left Friday's win over the Jets in the third period after logging 19:26 of ice time and firing three shots on net. Tim Heed will likely enter the lineup in his place, and Mario Ferraro is expected to work on the first power-play unit. Karlsson's next chance to play will be Monday versus the Panthers.
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