Hard blow for a Sharks defender

Tough blow for a Sharks defenseman

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After undergoing leg surgery on Wednesday, San Jose Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov will be forced to miss the next six months, the team announced on Saturday. 

The 24-year-old Russian player suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his right leg during off-ice training, general manager Mike Grier said in a statement. 

It will be another long absence for Knyzhov, who missed the entirety of last season with a groin injury. While he was getting better, it would have become infected, forcing him to stay on the sidelines longer than expected.

Never drafted by a National Hockey League team, the guard has signed a contract with the Sharks in July 2019. He played his first and only full season in San Jose in 2020-21, amassing 10 points in 56 games.