SAN JOSE – Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo will miss approximately eight weeks with a broken wrist, the club announced on Friday.
DeMelo was injured on Jan. 10 in Edmonton after a run-in with the Oilers' Zack Kassian. He went awkwardly into the end wall, and immediately knew something was wrong, dropping his gloves and going straight for the bench in the second period.
"Just went back for the puck and reversed it to [Brenden Dillon]," DeMelo said on Wednesday in Calgary. "[I had] momentum just going around the net and he just hit me. It wasn't a big hit or anything, just the way I got hit from the side and I went in on my arm there, and it just didn't feel very good on the wrist."
According to the Sharks, "DeMelo underwent successful surgery Thursday under the direction of the Sharks team physicians."
In 14 games this season DeMelo has one goal and three assists for four points. He was a healthy scratch for the first 19 games of the season, as the Sharks' top six defenders remained healthy and effective.
The Sharks have a number of injured defensemen, and it's unclear who will be available for Saturday's game against St. Louis. David Schlemko has missed the last five games with an upper body injury and is on injured reserve, and Paul Martin was unable to play against the Flames for unspecified reasons, although it was possibly from a blocked shot against the Oilers on Tuesday.
Mirco Mueller and Tim Heed remain with the team. Heed made his NHL debut on Wednesday against the Flames, registering one shot, four shot attempts and two blocks in 16:29 of ice time.