Shoulder surgery ends second straight season for Anders Bjork

The 22-year-old prospect never truly got going for the Bruins this season.

Boston Bruins left wing Anders Bjork during the third period of the Bruins 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL preseason hockey game in Boston, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Anders Bjork is losing a significant chunk of a second straight season to injury. –AP Photo

For the second straight season, a shoulder injury is taking Bruins prospect Anders Bjork off the ice for an extended period.

The 22-year-old speedster had successful left shoulder surgery performed by Dr. J.P. Warner at Massachusetts General Hospital, the team announced Friday. His recovery is expected to take approximately 5 to 6 months, according to the team, making this the second straight year his season has ended in January.

Last Jan. 30, Bjork hurt his shoulder in what appeared an innocuous collision with Anaheim’s Francois Beauchemin. The winger opted for surgery, with the team announcing its success on Feb. 22 and predicting a six-month recovery time.

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Expected to compete for a top-six spot in his second season, Bjork was back for the season’s second game, but struggled. He had more healthy scratches (four) than points (three), scoring a lone goal in 20 games prior to being sent to Providence on Nov. 29.

Bjork had 13 points in 10 AHL appearances this season, last appearing on Dec. 30. In 50 NHL appearances across two seasons, Bjork has five goals and 15 points.

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