After being on the receiving end of a bad hit to the head during a game in Tampa this past weekend.
The Florida Panthers defenseman is expected to be on the shelf for 2 weeks max, and brings concern due to the history of NHL players who’ve had their careers cut short due to multiple concussions.
Matt Larkin of The Hockey News brings former superstar player Eric Lindros to mind when he looks at Ekblad’s current situation:
“If Panthers are smart, they’ve learned from Lindros and understand how little they have to gain bringing Ekblad back this season. They have a hell of a lot to lose if they take a chance on reinserting him. So does Ekblad. He has potential for a remarkable NHL career, but if he keeps injuring his brain within a small timeframe, that career will be remarkably and tragically short.”
While there is an ETA on Ekblad’s injury, he will not be allowed to play until clearing the NHL’s concussion protocol.
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