Sharks top prospect Eklund undergoes shoulder surgery
San Jose Sharks top prospect William Eklund underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, the team announced.
Eklund is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of training camp in September.
He suffered the ailment in an AHL game on March 22.
"Together with William, we felt there was just too much risk of another injury next season, and William's goal is to play in 82 NHL games next season," Eklund's agent Todd Diamond told Sheng Peng's San Jose Hockey Now. "(General manager Mike Grier) and the Sharks have been great throughout this and allowed William the time he needed to make the best decision."
Eklund, 20, recorded 41 points in 54 contests with the AHL's San Jose Barracuda this campaign. He also added two goals and an assist during an eight-game stint with the Sharks.
San Jose drafted the Swedish forward seventh overall in 2021.
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