Michigan has been without freshman forward Frank Nazar, a first round NHL draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks this past summer, through their first four games of the season with what was being described as a ‘lower-body injury’.
On Tuesday, Scott Powers of The Athletic reported that Nazar will need surgery to heal the injury, which will keep Nazar out of Michigan’s line-up for months, if not the entire season. The most optimistic timeline for recovery would see Nazar out until at least February with the possibility that he misses the entire season as he recovers.
Even with the loss of Nazar, the Wolverines still have 10 NHL Draft picks, including three first rounders, on their roster, so they’re not at a loss for talent. And Michigan has looked very good offensively through their first four games even without Nazar. But for a team that is likely going to have to rely on their talented, high-powered offense to outscore the competition, losing a player of Nazar’s talent and upside is definitely a blow.