Big Update On No. 2 Overall Pick Leo Carlsson

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, Leo Carlsson, was expected to play a big role for the young and exciting Anaheim Ducks this season, but hasn't been able to suit up thus far in the young season due to a lower-body injury. Word is, however, that is about to change. 

As reported by Eric Stephens of The Athletic, the big 18-year-old center was back in active practice for the first time since suffering the leg injury two weeks back and going on injured reserve to start the regular season. 

After splitting their first two games of the year, the Ducks are back in action on Thursday when they host the Dallas Stars. Carlsson is eyeing that game for his NHL debut — as long as he feels completely ready.  

“I want to be 100% (for) the first game, of course," said Carlsson. The injury, suffered in practice, was at first feared to be a long-term thing, but fortunately for all involved, that hasn't been the case. 

When he does return, he's expected to slot in between Max Jones and Jakub Silfverberg on the third line, to start his career. 

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