If Erik Karlsson can take solace in anything right now, it may be Teemu Selanne’s career.
Like Karlsson, 22, suffered yesterday, Selanne also had his Achilles tendon cut by a skate early in his NHL career. And look at him now — 42 years old and still playing at an all-star level.
“[Karlsson] can come back from this,” Selanne told the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman today.
“For me, it was about six months (of recovery). I felt soon after that I could play my normal game again.”
Selanne, then a 23-year-old with Winnipeg, was injured partway through his second season in the NHL (1993-94). He returned the next year and had 48 points in 45 games during the lockout-shortened schedule.