According to Mark Divver of the Providence Journal, Boston Bruins prospect Linus Arnesson will undergo Achilles surgery on Thursday and has been given a timeline of three to six months for his recovery. The defenseman suffered the injury on Saturday against the Springfield Thunderbirds in a 3-2 loss.
Arnesson has yet to make his debut for the Bruins since being drafted in the second round in 2013, but has slowly developed into a solid shutdown type that was knocking at the NHL door. The 22-year old played several years at the highest level in Sweden before coming over to suit up for the baby-Bruins two seasons ago.
For a Bruins team that has seen various injuries to Zdeno Chara, John-Michael Liles, Joe Morrow and Kevan Miller this season, having Arnesson as deep insurance was a luxury. Now the team will have to look elsewhere if injury strikes again. The young defender will also lose out on crucial development time as he comes to the end of his entry-level deal. He’ll be a restricted free agent for the first time this offseason.