Seattle Kraken Lose Top-Six Forward Long Term

The Seattle Kraken will be without Jaden Schwartz for the next four to six weeks. The 29-year-old forward is set to have hand surgery.

Schwartz has been a very important part of the Kraken this season. In 29 games, he has six goals to go along with 14 helpers. His 20 points are also good for second on the team, as he trails just Jordan Eberle who has 22. With that, he's become a leader of the expansion club, as he currently is one of their alternate captains. 

At this time, the Kraken have a 10-19-4 record. As a result of this, it's safe to say that they will not be a playoff team in their inaugural season. Yet, even with this being the case, it's always a tough blow for a team to lose one of their best players for that long. 

Here's to hoping the surgery helps Schwartz feel better. Furthermore, once he's back on the ice, it would be nice to see him contribute at the same pace. 

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