Possler done for year; Hurley dealt

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, December 21, 2013 | 12/21/2013

Gustav Possler will be shut down for the year following news that he needs surgery to repair a damaged cruciate ligament. The Swedish gunner was originally injured on Nov. 3 and never fully recovered despite attempts to return to the lineup and represent his country at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Possler got his year off to a hot start with goals in seven straight games to post the second-most goals ever in SHL play through the first 10 games of the year. His season ends as MODO's co-leader in points with 15 (8+7) through 22 appearances.

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On Friday, the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks announced a trade that sent Sabres prospect Connor Hurley to the Green Bay Gamblers along with a Phase One fourth-round draft pick in exchange for Defenseman Christian Wolanin, affiliate Defenseman Joseph Cecconi, a Phase Two first round draft pick, and a Phase One third-round draft pick. Cecconi is currently playing for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U.

Hurley will get a fresh start with the Gamblers, who are currently led by North Dakota commit Nick Schmaltz. Hurley and Schmaltz previously dominated at the World Junior A Championship in November, combining for 22 points in four games (Hurley scored 10) to lead USA to a gold medal.

In 21 games with the Lumberjacks, Hurley had scored 14 points (3+11). He went 14 games without a goal prior to the trade. The Notre Dame commit will make his Gamblers debut Friday, Dec. 27 versus Dubuque.

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