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BLOG: Culkin felled by shoulder injury

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

PENTICTON, BC -- It has been a rough year for Calgary Flames prospect Ryan Culkin.

The defenceman suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday's game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Young Stars Classic when he went hard into the end boards in the second period.

He is expected to miss six to eight weeks with the malady.

"It's tough for him because he has come back from a pretty significant injury," Stockton Heat head coach Ryan Huska said on Sunday. "Hopefully his recovery this time is towards the six weeks instead of the eight."

The injury Huska referenced was sliced tendons in his left wrist, which happened when he was cut with a skate in a game against Utica on Feb. 6. The cut required season-ending surgery and a length rehab period for the Flames' 2012 fifth round draft pick.

The 21-year-old was in the midst of a strong rookie season with the Adirondack Flames when he was felled with the wrist injury. In 37 games in the AHL last season, Culkin had one goal and 18 points.

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