Minnesota Wild defenceman Jonas Brodin is expected to miss three to four weeks of action after surgery on his left hand, the team announced Wednesday.
The 24-year-old was hurt in his team’s 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. Brodin left with 11:31 to go in the second period.
The Swedish blueliner has 15 points in 53 games with the Wild this season, including five goals and 10 assists.
Brodin was drafted by Minnesota in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, going 10th overall. In 384 regular season games with the Wild, he has 23 goals and 71 assists for a total of 94 points. He also holds a plus-44 rating.
Brodin’s best season to date came in 2016-2017, with a 25-point performance in 68 regular season games.
He also has 39 games of post-season experience in Minnesota, with six points to his credit.
The Wild will turn to blueliners Gustav Olofsson and Mike Reilly in Brodin’s absence.
“You’ve heard it all around the sports world this year, ‘the next guy up,’” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We’ve been moving Mike and [Olofsson] in all year and so now’s their time to shine.”
Minnesota plays the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.
The Wild holds the second wild card spot in the Western Conference, which amounts to a one-point lead over the Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche. With their next five games at home, Minnesota is hoping for a bit of a run here.
To that end, Olofsson and Reilly have every opportunity to step up.
23-year-old Olofsson has three assists in 29 games this season, while Reilly has eight assists in 33 games. Both average about a dozen minutes per game.
“All the players on our team are capable of raising their game and when you rely on [younger players] more they either excel or they fall flat on their face,” Boudreau said. “We’re hoping that [Olofsson] excels.”