Vladimir Tarasenko underwent surgery to repair damage to his right hand, and according to the forward the procedure went as planned. The waiting now begins as the 22-year-old is slated to miss at least six weeks while recovering. That timeline means he’s likely done for the regular season, but the good news is that everything went smoothly today.
All done, surgery went well!
— Vladimir Tarasenko (@tara9191) March 19, 2014
After a rookie season that saw him struggle to bounce back from a concussion, Tarasenko was in the midst of a breakout campaign for the St. Louis Blues. With 21 goals and 22 assists in 64 games, he was sixth in team scoring prior to the injury on March 15.
According to the official site of the Blues, the surgery was performed by Dr. Charles Goldfarb of Washington University Orthopedics and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Head coach Ken Hitchcock doesn’t expect the injury to derail Tarasenko’s strong season.
As per the team’s official site:
The positive part for Tarasenko is he’s going to come back as fast as he can and because it’s a hand injury, he’s going to come back in amazing shape. He’s going to be able to hit the ground running.
When players injure their lower bodies or their core at all, sometimes it can prevent them from skating for months at a time. This adds a lot of extra training to the rehabilitation process, but Tarasenko will still be able to keep his game legs under him.