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Wings’ Ericsson (shoulder) out 2-3 weeks

Oct 22, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

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Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will miss 2-3 weeks with a reported shoulder injury. Detroit general manager Ken Holland shared the time line with reporters today.

According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Ericsson was hurt Saturday versus Phoenix. He had an MRI late Monday after attending the birth of his baby girl. The big 29-year-old missed yesterday’s game versus San Jose.

The good news for the Wings is that d-man Niklas Kronwall (concussion) is expected to play Wednesday at home to Ottawa.

With both Ericsson and Kronwall out last night versus the Sharks, young Xavier Ouellet made his NHL debut, logging 17:15 of ice time in the 1-0 shootout loss.

Ouellet’s performance left head coach Mike Babcock impressed.

“I thought he was real good, I thought he was steady,” Babcock said, per MLive.com. “Just smart and knows how to play. I liked him through training camp. It’s not a big surprise to me. He’s smart, doesn’t make lots of mistakes.

“As a young D, often it’s not so much upside what you do it’s how few mistakes you make. Conscientious, trustworthy, you get to play a lot. He did a good job.”

With Kronwall expected to return Wednesday, it’s not clear if Ouellet will remain with the big club, potentially as a healthy scratch, or be sent back to AHL Grand Rapids.

Update (5:45 p.m ET):

Back to Grand Rapids.

  1. polegojim - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    This is not a bad thing, short term.

    Ouelett did well… ESP against the Sharks. I hope he stays up.

    The Wings need to develop better and deeper D for the second half and Cup race and this provides opportunity to do so.

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