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Shoulder surgery for Wagner; 2017-18 destination in question

July 13th, 2017 at 3:53 PM
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Fears over the health of an intriguing Kings prospect were confirmed on Thursday: Austin Wagner, who suffered a shoulder injury deep in the WHL playoffs and weathered additional heavy hits during Regina’s grueling championship series loss to Seattle, underwent June 7 surgery to repair a torn labrum and dislocated bicep tendon, according to Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post.

Surgery had always been an option, as Harder had noted earlier in the off-season.

Wagner, who led all league skaters with 16 playoff goals, totaled 30 goals and 66 points in 64 games during his 19-year-old Pats campaign. Using one of the most explosive bursts of speed in major junior hockey, the 2015 fourth round pick plays a fast north-south game and utilizes a quick release that has resulted in a number of breakaways and shorthanded opportunities. The Calgary native has 17 shorthanded goals, but only one power play goal, to go along with 249 penalty minutes in 238 WHL games. He signed his entry-level contract in early March and was expected to have an inside shot at an Ontario roster spot in 2017-18.

Via Harder:

Wagner had an MRI shortly after the Pats’ season ended. When the damage was revealed, he discussed the best course of action with the Kings.

“I needed surgery anyway so we had to move forward as soon as possible and get it done,” he said. “With L.A. and what’s going on in the career that I have ahead of me, there wasn’t much of a decision.”

Due to the surgery, Wagner was unable to participate in L.A.’s summer development camp at the end of …

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Tags: Greg Harder, Injuries, Matt Luff, Prospects, Prospects and Scouting, Regina Leader-Post, Regina Pats, Spencer Watson

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