A week after losing Brandon Tanev for the season, the Kraken received more bad news as Jaden Schwartz is expected to miss upwards of a month.
The Seattle Kraken has announced that forward Jaden Schwartz will require hand surgery, taking him out of the lineup for four to six weeks. The problem began back on December 29, during a home game against the Flyers, and has continued to bother him. This all comes a week after the news of Brandon Tanev‘s season-ending ACL injury, which already altered the lineup.
Schwartz spent most of his time this season on the top line as well as some time on the second power-play unit. His production has been impressive, as he is second in scoring on the team with 20 points, only two behind linemate Jordan Eberle. Schwartz was already one point away from breaking his total from last season of 21 points in 40 GP. Not only is he second in scoring he is also tied for first in the assists column with 14, making him an invaluable playmaker on a Kraken team struggling on offence.
What Comes Next?
First comes surgery, while the team hasn’t announced what exactly is wrong, they have said it’s a hand injury that will sideline the forward for anywhere from 4-6 weeks. Assuming all goes well that should put Schwartz back in the lineup at the beginning of February, at the earliest. Hand injuries can be a tricky thing to overcome but, the timeline will give him the benefit of a two-week break originally used for the Olympics, giving him even more time to recover.
Since his exit back on the 29th, Morgan Geekie spent the next two games on the top line. Geekie is an exciting young player for the Kraken, as he has a high hockey IQ which helps him at both the wing and center positions. He may not produce at the same rate as Schwartz but he leaves it all on the ice whenever he’s out there. Geekie has already surpassed his point total from the previous season and in fewer games. On a young Kraken team, this exposure may be the kick he needs to really further his game. This is really only his second full season in the NHL but his promise continues to show. Out of the loss of Schwartz comes an exciting opportunity to watch a young talent do more like this:
The Kraken’s next scheduled game is Monday, January 10, at 6:00 PM PT at the Colorado Avalanche.