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Canucks prospect Arvid Costmar to miss remainder of season with shoulder injury. Here’s what’s next for him

After receiving loads of hype, Arvid Costmar’s SHL season is now over due to a shoulder injury.

Just a month ago, Canucks fans were falling in love with the way that Costmar was playing at the World Junior Championships. He was annoying opponents at the WJC just like he does on a nightly basis at the SHL level.

The 19-year-old will now, unfortunately, miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.

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He was a standout for Sweden in the WJC tournament and earned recognition from team Sweden when he was named one of their top three players of the tournament.

Costmar was a seventh-round pick of the Canucks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. His stock has continued to rise since the day he was drafted and hit an all-time high after Canucks fans saw a player pissing off his opponents while wearing the number 14.

Costmar is currently a part of Linkoping’s organization in the SHL. He has played in 22 games this season and had just one goal on the year. Costmar’s game doesn’t revolve around being offensive, though he has shown that he can score at a high rate against players in his age group.

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The thing to like about Costmar is how he plays the game and makes things tough on the opposition. I asked Costmar about that fiery style of play the last time we talked. β€œI think it’s natural,” he said. “I’m just trying to compete as hard as I can every shift and be the guy you don’t want to play against.”

He has worked his way into consistent SHL fourth line minutes over the past two months and currently is averaging 9:25 of ice time over 22 games. Costmar has not played since January 16th and has now just been ruled out for the remainder of the season. When I spoke to him about the injury he said that he is confident in the doctors and the rehab program they have for him.

He wouldn’t get into specific details on the injury about if it was a break or a tear. Either way, it’s going to be a long time until we see Costmar back on the ice doing what he does best.

It’s too bad because he is one of the most fun players to watch with some of the antics that he pulls off in-game.

What’s next for Costmar is to fully rehab that shoulder, shutting his season down and setting a return date for next year is the best move long-term.

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He is not likely to come over to North America anytime soon and will likely need one or two more years in the SHL before an AHL debut will even be discussed. That day should come one day though, as his gritty style is something that could help a team and his improved skating has earned him more ice time in the SHL this season. He is still only 19 years old so there is a lot of crucial development time to come with this kid.

We will keep you posted on any Costmar updates and I am currently working on getting a long-form interview with him in the coming weeks.