Elias Lindholm is headed back to the World Juniors.
That was the word out of Sweden today as multiple reports claimed Lindholm, Carolina’s prized rookie forward, has been granted permission to play for the Swedes at the 2014 tournament, which begins on Dec. 26.
Lindholm, 19, was Carolina’s first-round pick (fifth overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He made the team out of camp this year — one of a handful of ’13 draftees to make the leap — after spending the last two seasons with Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League.
He’s had a decent campaign thus far, but has been limited by injury and stints with AHL Charlotte. In 21 games with the ‘Canes, Lindholm has three goals and seven points.
Lindholm was a member of Team Sweden’s silver medal-winning side at the 2013 Worlds.
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The Los Angeles Kings lost one of their most veteran defensemen on Tuesday, as the club announced Matt Greene would be out indefinitely following shoulder surgery.
Greene, 32, had only appeared in three games this season, missing extensive time with the ailment. He had recently resumed skating with teammates and looked to be on the way back to a return, but never got to the point where he was participating in drills, or taking contact.
If Greene misses extensive time, L.A. could be in the market for a defenseman come trade deadline day, like they were last year before acquiring Andrej Sekera from Carolina. Greene is one of the most playoff-tested players on the L.A. roster, with 79 games and two Stanley Cups on his resume (and another Stanley Cup Final, with Edmonton in 2006).
Looks like the Canucks will have an interesting lineup tonight
But hold on, that doesn’t necessarily mean Pedan will make his NHL debut tonight. This morning, the Canucks announced they’d called up d-man Alex Biega from AHL Utica. Theoretically, inserting Biega could allow the offensively inclined Yannick Weber to move up to forward. Biega and Weber both shoot right. Pedan shoots left.
But wait, there exists another possibility — that both Pedan and Biega could play. That will depend on Chris Tanev‘s status. He got banged up yesterday as well, though he was able to skate this morning.
Weber likely to skate as a forward tonight. Biega may play instead of Pedan. If Tanev can't go, both will play. #Canucks