Ducks rookie center Ryan Carter underwent successful surgery on his right wrist Friday and will be out of the lineup four to six weeks. Carter had pins inserted to correct chips that were found during an MRI examination.
Carter was checked into the boards by Colorado defenseman Jeff Finger during the first period of the Ducks’ 3-2 shootout victory over Colorado on Feb. 20 and his hand was jammed through the photographer’s hole, breaking off the protective covering.
“I felt when I came off the ice that something was broken,” Carter said. “I was afraid to take my glove off and see my arm (dangling). It looked fine, so I didn’t know at first. All in all it’s just a weird accident.”Carter had four goals in his last six games before the injury (the first four goals of his career) and had been a valuable asset to the Ducks in the injury absences of centers Samuel Pahlsson and Doug Weight.
“It’s unfortunate for a young player who was earning minutes and making a contribution in his first year,” Carlyle said.