Edmonton Oilers rearguard Andrej Sekera tore his ACL in the second round of the Western Conference semifinals against the Anaheim Ducks, Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli announced.
Sekera should be undergoing ACL reconstruction surgery in the near future, and the injury takes typically 9-11 months in order for Sekera to return to the ice.
Sekera missed the final two games of the playoff series, as the Oilers were eliminated in seven games. Expect Chiarelli and the rest of the Edmonton staff to go out and find at the bare minimum a stopgap solution to replace Sekera’s production on the back end until the defenseman is able to return to play.
Sekera finished the 2016-17 campaign with eight goals and 27 assists in 80 contests. This is Sekera’s first noted long-term injury in recent years.