Awful update released on top Red Wings prospect

This isn't good.



Detroit Red Wings defensive prospect Axel Sandin Pellikka, whom the franchise selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, had just helped his native Sweden advance to the semifinals of the World Junior Championship with a clutch overtime goal. 

However, the bad news is that he will now one on the shelf indefinitely thanks to an upper body injury.

According to Skelleftea team doctor Karin Granberg, Sandin Pellikka is in a "player cast" after the upper body injury and could potentially miss up to two months. 

“Axel has suffered an upper body injury and is in a plaster cast,” Granberg wrote in a text message to Swedish website 

The injury would soon be confirmed by Robert Ohlsson, head coach of Sandin Pellikka's SHL team Skelleftea. Meanwhile, goaltender Mattias Hallberg remains optimistic about the rehabilitation process. 

“What I can say is that he was examined with an x-ray here in Växjö yesterday and unfortunately it shows an injury which means that he is not available for games for the next few weeks,” Hallberg said.

“We in the fellow team are optimistic and believe that his rehabilitation process will go well. We expect him to be fully recovered soon and ready for full play again in a few weeks.”

Here's hoping for a quick recovery for Sandin Pellikka, who has certainly impressed on the international stage and appears heading for a prosperous NHL career with Detroit in the near future. 

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