|(Credit: Ross Bonander / Texas Stars)|
100 Degree Hockey has learned that Texas forward Fredrik Karlstrom is out for the season, including playoffs, after sustaining a knee injury in Coachella Valley on March 12.
The injury may require surgery. Regardless of surgery, his recovery time will be six months, eliminating any chance for the Swede to play in the Calder Cup playoffs and pegging his return to Dallas training camp in September. The team has confirmed the injury and timetable for return.
In 47 games this year for Texas, Karlstrom has racked up 10-16=26 and sits at plus-4. He has earned several recalls to Dallas as well, playing in five total games with no points and a plus-1 rating.
Texas has good depth this season with AHL-caliber players, such as Ryan Dmowski, Justin Ducharme and Antonio Stranges, putting up significant minutes in the ECHL all season. Stranges drew into the lineup Wednesday night as Damiani took the scratch for the evening. Texas has breathing room on forward depth but will certainly miss the capable Swede.