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Red Wings prospect Marek Tvrdon out for season

If the NHL ever returns from the lockout, the Red Wings will be without their prospect, Marek Tvrdon, for the season.

Gregory Shamus

The NHL is still slogging through the lockout, but should play return, the Detroit Red Wings will be without their prospect, Marek Tvrdon, for the season, according to a report from NHL.com on Thursday.

Tvrdon, 19, who was playing with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League -- and leading the team in scoring -- will be out for the rest of the season with a medical problem. Giants general manager Scott Bonner said in a statement that the issue relates to blockage in a vein in his left shoulder, but he is expected to recover fully and resume his hockey career.

Initially, Giants coach Don Hay said Tvrdon had an infection in his arm, according to the report. Once the reason for the blockage is found, it is expected that Tvrdon will undergo surgery.

The Red Wings signed Tvrdon to an entry-level deal in July after drafting him in the fourth round in the 2011 draft.