In the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft, George McPhee found a diamond in the rough and selected Swedish defenseman Christian Djoos. Djoos, ranked the 18th-best European skater coming into this past year’s draft, has turned out to be a potential steal, playing regular minutes for the defending champions of the Swedish Elite League, Brynäs (Nicklas Backstrom’s former team). The five-foot, eleven-inch, 158-pound Swede is averaging 14:33 minutes of ice time per game, ranking fourth among all rookies.
Last Friday, during a morning skate and ahead of Brynäs’ away game against Timrå, Djoos suffered a serious knee injury. The Brynäs defenseman was sent into surgery the next day, with many team officials fearing the worst.