When the Swedish roster was revealed for the upcoming World Junior Summer Showcase, the name of Detroit Red Wings 2023 draftee Noah Dower Nilsson was missing. The reason for his absence is now becoming apparent.
According to a report from Henrik Leman of Rackapucker.com, Dower Nilsson, selected 73rd overall by Detroit, recently underwent shoulder surgery and will be out of action for at least two months.
What a great dish by Noah Dower Nilsson.
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— /Cam Robinson/ (@Hockey_Robinson) April 27, 2023
Dower Nilsson missed the final day of Red Wings development camp while he and his older brother, 2021 Detroit draftee Liam Dower Nilsson (134th overall), were both undergoing upper body imaging.
“Liam and Noah went to get some imaging done on their upper body,” Red Wings director of player development Dan Cleary said at the time. “They just had to get some imaging done. It’s just easier to get it done here so we could see it. You just don’t want anything down the road. That’s all it was.”
Evidently, in Noah’s case, they found something that was causing alarm and ultimately, was rectified via surgery.
Big Season For Red Wings Pick
During the 2022-23 campaign, the younger of the Dower Nilsson brothers got his first taste of playing against men. He saw three games of action with Frolunda in the SHL and made his debut skating alongside his older brother.
“It was pretty cool,” Noah recalled. “It’s fun to be out there. It was a little bit nervous but it was fun.”
Frolunda is in a transition phase in terms of the club roster, and there’s opportunity for Noah, 18, to grab some ice time at forward. That being the case, the shoulder surgery could prove even more problemitic.
While in Detroit, Noah was admitting that he does have shoulder issues that he’s been dealing with for much of last season. He spent some time on the shelf due to a shoulder ailment.
“Yeah, it was tough,” Noah said. “It was my shoulder. Popped out for the first time. It was tough. Rehab, seven weeks.
“Then I come back and it feels good. Both shoulders are a little bit not so good.”
Apparently, not so good that surgery was required to fix the problem.