Elias Lindholm may be late to the rookie party, but that doesn’t mean he won’t make an impact for the Carolina Hurricanes. While Sean Monahan has already been trumpeted as the next big thing across the NHL and will stick with the Calgary Flames, Lindholm has battled a shoulder injury.
While the likes of Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones have already cemented their places on their respective teams, Lindholm has waited. Biding his time, patiently practicing and waiting for his dinged up shoulder to heal totally.
It appears that Lindholm will be able to return soon, perhaps even tonight when the Hurricanes take on the Minnesota Wild.
Elias Lindholm could play tomorrow. Gleason also a question mark. Skated with Komisarek today, Hainsey yesterday.
— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) October 23, 2013
There’s still a lot of season left, and Lindholm was drafted as one of the more complete, NHL-ready players. His two-way presence was clear through his five games with the ‘Canes pre-injury, and he’ll look to get back on track within the next few days.
While it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to catch a guy like Monahan or Tomas Hertl right out of the gate, if those guys cool off and Lindholm impresses he could be a serious wrinkle in the Calder Trophy voting. That’s putting the cart before the horse though, and the youngster needs to make it through a few games without suffering a setback to his shoulder before those talks can continue.