The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that forward Drew O’Connor is deemed as week-to-week because of an upper-body injury.

The team placed the 23-year-old forward on LTIR earlier this week, but now we have a better understanding of his expected recovery time. Because he is on LTIR, he automatically has to miss at least 10 contests and 24 total days. However, with him being out week-to-week, there’s always the chance that he could miss more time than that if setbacks occur, unfortunately. 

In 22 games this season, O’Connor has three goals, two assists, and a minus-1 rating. He debuted with the team last season, where he had one assist in 10 contests. The youngster is just getting his NHL career started, so here’s to hoping he will be able to return as soon as his minimum LTIR-time is up. 

With the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL, he has been excellent. In 25 total games over two seasons with them, he has 10 goals and 24 points. If that kind of scoring can translate over more to the NHL, that would be huge for Pittsburgh. We’ll have to see what occurs on that front once he returns. 

Photo Credit: © Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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