Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson will undergo season-ending thumb surgery on Monday in Los Angeles, he told reporters Sunday.
Dr. Steven Shin will operate on Karlsson's broken thumb. Shin also operated on Warriors star Steph Curry and New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees in the past.
Karlsson is getting his thumb surgery tomorrow in LA. Says it’s the same doctor that operated on Steph Curry and Drew Brees - Dr. Steven Shin— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) February 16, 2020
Karlsson broke his thumb Friday in the Sharks' 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair first reported the news Saturday. It was later confirmed by the team.
The 29-year-old told reporters Sunday that he injured his thumb when he was hit with a slap shot, not from falling over teammate Joe Thornton. He said the initial X-rays didn't show anything complicated.
EK65 on his injury: “We just did the initial x-rays in Winnipeg so I’m sure they’ll do some more when I get to the surgeon and then we’ll find out exactly, but from what he saw it’s nothing he hasn’t seen before. It’s not something that’s complicated, it’s just unfortunate.”— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) February 16, 2020
Karlsson has scored 40 points -- six goals, 34 assists -- this season in 56 games. His 5.0 shooting percentage is his best since the 2016-17 season, but Karlsson's minus-15 plus-minus is his the third-worst of his 11-year career.
The Sharks re-signed Karlsson to a massive eight-year, $92 million contract last June. Since acquiring him from the Ottawa Senators before last season, Karlsson has scored 85 points -- nine goals, 76 assists -- in 109 regular-season games.