The Anaheim Ducks will be without the help of defenseman Cam Fowler for another 3-5 weeks, the club announced.
Fowler has been sidelined with a sprained right knee suffered in the Ducks win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 27.
“It's a Grade 2 sprain so just general protocol 4-6 weeks depending on how I feel,” Fowler told the team’s website. “Things are progressing good right now. I feel healthy and strong so hopefully that continues and be back sooner rather than later, that's what I'm hoping.”
The 24-year-old leads all Ducks defensemen in average ice time per game (22:38) while scoring three goals and nine assists in 34 games.
“Any time you're injured it's disappointing,” Fowler said. “I kind of had an idea of what I was looking at when it first happened so it was kind of to be expected. It wasn't terrible news, it could've been worse, but I knew what I was looking at going into it.”
Fowler knew what to expect because he missed time in March 2014 with a left knee sprain.
“It's very similar to what happened on my other leg,” he said. “I knew how the rehab was going and kind of my timeframe I was looking at. There wasn't anything that surprised me too much. I was ready for the news and knew what I had to do to get back as soon as I could.”
The Ducks are already without blue liner Simon Despres, who has been sidelined since mid-October while recovering from a concussion.