Matia Marcantuoni has opted for surgery, ending the season of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft eligible forward.
Marcantuoni is expected to have an operation to repair his left shoulder Friday and will be out of action for the next four-to-six months. It is the same injury Marcantuoni suffered earlier in the season. Opting for rehabilitation, the Kitchener Rangers standout returned to the lineup only to re-aggravate the problem in a January 7th game against Erie.
Battling the injury, Marcantuoni opted instead for surgery.
“(It’s) good to have my surgery date set,” Marcantuoni tweeted. “As tough as it is to miss so much hockey, will be best in the long run. Thanks for all the support.”
The Toronto, ON. native is no stranger to the sidelines, having suffered injuries to his ankle and shoulder as well as a pair of concussions.
Marcantuoni joins Morgan Rielly and Alex Galchenyuk as 2012 draft eligible players who are unlikely to play again this season. Nail Yakupov, Martin Frk, Ryan Murray, Pontus Aberg and Olli Maatta are just a few of the other draft eligibles to miss time this season due to injury.