Forward Leo Carlsson returned to the Anaheim Ducks lineup for Monday afternoon's game against the Florida Panthers.
The second player selected in the first round of the last draft missed his team's final 10 games due to a sprained right knee.
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He was killed in action on December 21 and was initially expected not to take part in the operations for six weeks. Ultimately, the Swede was absent for less than a month.
He failed to score against the Panthers in a 5-4 overtime win.
It was Alex Killorn who ended the debate in overtime. It was his second success of the game, he also scored a goal in the final seconds of the first period.
Other Ducks scorers included Adam Henrique, Jakob Silfverberg and Troy Terry. Sam Bennett (twice), Carter Verhaeghe and Sam Reinhart scored for the Panthers.
Back to Carlsson: The young man has collected eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in 24 games so far in 2022-2023. He ranks 14th in scoring among National League first-time starters, a far cry from the 33 points in 39 games of one Connor Bedard.