The injury is in his right knee, and this comes right in the middle of the Wild's surge to overcome a slow start to their season. Koivu is sixth on the team with 29 points and is averaging 18:18 of ice time per game, which is third among forwards. He leads the team with a face-off percentage of 54.6%, but his career numbers are what makes him captain-worthy.
The former sixth overall pick in the 2001 NHL Draft is first in franchise history with 973 games played, 688 points, and 487 assists. He also leads in power play points, short-handed points, and multipoint games, and scored his 200th-career goal on January 21st. He is just the second player in franchise history to reach that feat, as the veteran has one year remaining on his contract, which is worth $5.5 million. The Wild were forced to call up 22-year-old Joel Eriksson Ek from their AHL affiliate. Minnesota is just three points behind the Dallas Stars for the third place spot in the Central Division.