Sharks defenceman Nikolai Knyzhov tears Achilles tendon

San Jose Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov, right, moves the puck past Anaheim Ducks' Rickard Rakell during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose Sharks defenceman Nikolai Knyzhov will miss the first few months of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon.

General manager Mike Grier said Saturday that Knyzhov got hurt while participating in off-ice training. Knyzhov had surgery Wednesday, and the Sharks estimate it will take about six months to recover.

The 24-year-old Knyzhov missed all of last season with a groin injury and the Sharks were hoping to have him back healthy this year.

He played 56 games in the 2020-21 season, recording two goals and eight assists.

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