Detroit Red Wings: Jared McIsaac on the shelf with surgery once again

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The Detroit Red Wings announced that one of their top prospects, Jared McIsaac, will be out five to six months after undergoing shoulder surgery.

The hype around Detroit Red Wings prospect defenseman Jared McIsaac has been built up quite well over the past few seasons. He has had a bit of a bumpy road, having to undergo surgery on his right shoulder before the 2019-20 season.

It was announced that McIsaac underwent a similar surgery on his left shoulder, putting him on the shelf for the next five to six months while he recovers once again. McIsaac is just 20 years old, having played his last few seasons for the Halifax Mooseheads and Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound defenseman is a former second-round selection from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft from the end of the Ken Holland era. McIsaac has been one of the more exciting defensemen prospects the organization possesses, so the continued adversity is tough.

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As time goes on, McIsaac continues to grind out and try to make his way to the next level, hoping to get to the Red Wings.

This second shoulder surgery puts him back even farther as he will have to recover once again.

In 2019-20, he played three games for the Mooseheads, tallying two assists while also notching 25 games with the Wildcats, where he had four goals and 13 assists for 17 total points on the season.

Also, a member of the Canadian National team that played in the IIHF World Junior Championships, McIsaac played in seven games, notching a goal and three assists for four points throughout the tournament while they competed for a chance at a gold medal.

McIsaac is an offensive defenseman who seems like he has the tools to excel at the next level. Being that he is just 20 years old, he still may take a year or two to find his way into a winged-wheel uniform.

After being on the shelf for five to six months, he will have to rehab and get back into the swing of things in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an interesting scenario, and McIsaac may have been loaned over to Europe, specifically Sweden, where the Red Wings basically have a mini-prospect camp underway in the SHL.

When he returns to the ice, there should be some more clarity with the 2020-21 season for not just the Red Wings but for leagues like the AHL, OHL, QMJHL, and other North American leagues. McIsaac will have to get back on the ice and hopefully find success once again after this second shoulder surgery.

Hopefully, McIsaac can recover speedily and get back on the ice during the 2020-21 season. If he can find that success, he has shown glimpses of once again; he could still be one of the organization’s better prospect defensemen.

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The Detroit Red Wings should not count out Jared McIsaac as one of the organization’s exciting prospects; it will just take a continued battle through adversity for it to work out.