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Sharks lose DeMelo for eight weeks to broken wrist

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Dylan DeMelo #74 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The San Jose Sharks announced on Friday morning that they will be without defenseman Dylan DeMelo for an extended period of time due to a broken wrist that he suffered on Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers.

He underwent surgery on Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for at least eight weeks.

Demelo, 23, was a sixth-round pick by the Sharks in 2011 and has appeared in 14 games for the team this season, scoring a goal and adding three assists. He has mostly played alongside veteran Brenden Dillon.

The injury happened in the first period of Tuesday’s game when he was hit behind the net by Oilers forward Zach Kassian.

He was replaced on Wednesday by rookie defenseman Tim Heed who was making his NHL debut.