Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shoulder Surgery for Rookie Sprong

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shoulder Surgery for Rookie Sprong

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In the 18 games rookie Daniel Sprong played in for the Penguins this past season, he flashed eye-catching speed and an NHL-level shot.

It is safe to say the franchise had plans for this talented winger. Now, they are on hold.

Sprong, 19, had right shoulder surgery that will keep him out for seven to eight months, the club announced Friday.

"It's disappointing. The biggest thing is it will set his development back a little bit," general manager Jim Rutherford said.

"I don't think it sets it back that we have to be overly concerned. He's a young guy. He'll heal a hundred percent. He's not going to start to play in September, will be more like December, January now."

Rutherford had no update on center Evgeni Malkin, who said this week he would be having an MRI on his elbow to determine if he, too, will need surgery. …

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