In another blow to an already struggling team, Canucks’ defenceman Erik Gudbranson has been sidelined by a wrist injury and will require surgery.
Franchise General Manager Jim Benning made the announcement in a release, saying Gudbranson needs to repair a damaged ligament.
It’s not clear how long the defenceman has been playing through the injury.
“Continued treatment and rehabilitation have not improved his condition and Erik and our Canucks medical team believe that surgery offers the best long-term outcome and are confident in a full recovery,” Benning said.
It’s still unclear when the defenceman will be back in the lineup.
The team says a projected timeline for his return will be released after the surgery.
Gudbranson has been good for one goal and five assists in his 30 games this season.
The Canucks picked up the 24-year-old last May in a trade with the Florida Panthers for Jared McCann and a pair of draft picks.
The 13-16-2 Canucks sit at 6th in the Pacific Division, and just two places out from bottom of the league.