The San Jose Sharks will be without key defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic in Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He’s been ruled out with a lower-body injury, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.
Kurz notes that coach Peter DeBoer, who shared the news, wouldn’t comment further than saying that Vlasic was out, which means that there are no specifics available on the injury, timetable or severity of the injury.
In his place, 20-year-old 1st round draft pick Mirco Mueller will play his eighth game of the season. Mueller was recalled for the third time this season on Saturday.
Vlasic has three goals and eight assists through 25 games this season, averaging 23:08 of ice time per game. His score-adjusted CF%Rel of 2.26% is second among team defensemen despite his -5.68% ZSO%Rel.
In a related move the Sharks have reassigned forward Micheal Haley to the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL.
DeBoer’s quote when I asked if Vlasic’s injury was serious: "I don't know. That's all I'm going to say for now.” #SJSharks
— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) December 5, 2015
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