Once again the Vegas Knights have a impactful player go down with an injury. Center, William Karlsson, is reported to miss some time with a lower-body injury and is considered out indefinitely.
The Vegas Golden Knights have yet another top six forward go down with a lower-body injury. After Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Nolan Patrick, and Mattias Janmark went down, the Knights second-line consisting of Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith, and William Karlsson has stepped up.
The Knights are without 2/3 of their first-line, meaning there were going to be some moving parts with the lineups. After some careful consideration, DoeBoer figured that what was the second-line would be better suited as the top line in Stone and Pacioretty’s absence’s. So far, although not a very large sample of games, that line has done their job. However, to add to the already frustrating season, William Karlsson is now ruled out.
It was reported by SinBin.Vegas that William Karlsson “Will miss time with a lower-body injury. The exact timetable is unclear but it’s not good.” Obviously with Stone being a couple days/weeks away from returning and Pacioretty on the LTIR, they are going to be without really any firepower on the offensive front.
William Karlsson since coming over from Columbus has been nothing if not a work-horse. Every time he steps foot out there on the ice, he gives it everything he has. That perhaps may be what is most respected about his game, but losing a work-horse like Karlsson, not to mention his production, is going to leave the Knights at a severe disadvantage.
The Knights after losing four straight, have now won three games in a row on this road stretch. After finally showing signs of turning things around, tragedy has once again struck. With Karlsson being out indefinitely, they will probably be looking to give Krebs the shot at his natural position, Center. So moving Krebs to center would give defenseman, Dylan Coghlan or, Daniil Miromanov, the chance to play on the wing.
There isn’t much information out there to really go off of now, but things are not looking good for the Knights.