Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin had surgery to repair a broken left hand Wednesday and will be out three to four weeks.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Jeffrey Husband at TRIA Orthopaedic Center, the team announced.
Brodin suffered the injury in Tuesday night's 6-2 victory in St. Louis.
At practice Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said, "You've heard it all around the sports world this year: Next guy up. And that's it."
Gustav Olofsson will likely move to Brodin's spot as Matt Dumba's defensive partner.
Boudreau has described 23-year-old Olofsson as a "young Brodin" before, even though Brodin is only 17 months older.
"They both have really good sticks and are good positionally," Dumba said. "They're good skaters. It's easy for me to play with those kind of guys. And with Olofsson, he's a big guy. Bigger than Jonas for sure. So when he uses his body and can get that feistiness in his game, he's a really good player."
Olofsson and fellow defenseman Mike Reilly have traded off healthy scratches all season long. But this is an opportunity for both to garner some extended playing time not to the detriment of the other. Reilly will likely take up with Nate Prosser as the third pairing, while the first duo of Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon will remain untouched.
"All the players on our team are capable of raising their game," Boudreau said. "And when you rely on them more, they either excel or they fall flat on their face. We're hoping that he excels."
The Wild's defense could have borne another blow when Prosser took a puck to the knee late in the third period of Tuesday's game, but he was back in practice Wednesday morning. He said he could definitely still feel some pain from it, but it wouldn't be enough to keep him from playing.
Which is good, considering Prosser called the loss of Brodin -- a "top-four guy" who is a "big centerpiece" of the Wild's D core -- tough.
"We've got six of the guys that are capable of doing a job here," Prosser said. "1/8Brodin3/8 played a lot of minutes, so I don't know how it's going to be fractioned out, but we've got be making sure that we're all kind of picking up the pieces where we can and where we're capable of. I mean, if it's PK, if I can jump in there, got to do a job and take pride in it."
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