|Date of Birth||1/2/1996|
|Height, Weight||6'3", 210 lbs|
|Drafted||2014 - Rd 7|
Middleton is dealing with an upper-body issue and isn't expected to be ready to return from injured reserve until at least mid-November, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
One of three San Jose blueliners on IR, Middleton looks to be further behind in his recovery process than Dalton Prout (upper body) and Radim Simek (knee), who were both seen skating after Tuesday's practice. Considering that Middleton had only entered the San Jose lineup Oct. 4 against the Golden Knights since Prout got hurt two days earlier, the former may be a regular in the press box by the time he's healthy again.
Coach Peter DeBoer said Sunday that Middleton (undisclosed) has a 4-6 week timetable for a return, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Middleton left last Friday's game against the Golden Knights with the injury, and landed on IR a day after. This news proves that the defenseman is dealing with a serious injury, even though the specifics haven't been announced. As long as Middleton is sidelined, look for Trevor Carrick or Tim Heed (upper body) to draw into the lineup.
Middleton (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Middleton left Friday's game versus the Golden Knights in the first period and did not return. The decision to place him on IR means Middleton will miss San Jose's next three games, at the minimum. In a related move, the Sharks promoted Trevor Carrick from AHL San Jose.
Middleton (undisclosed) exited Friday's game versus the Golden Knights in the first period, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Middleton did not return to the bench at the start of the second period. He took a hard hit from Ryan Reaves late in the first period. The 23-year-old defenseman was in the lineup in place of the injured Dalton Prout (undisclosed), but it appears the Sharks will have to finish the contest with five blueliners.
The Sharks recalled Middleton from AHL San Jose on Friday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Dalton Prout (undisclosed) wasn't present at morning skate, so Middleton was likely recalled as an insurance policy in case Prout isn't available for Friday night's matchup with Vegas. The 23-year-old, who tallied one assist in three appearances with the big club last campaign, will be returned to the minors as soon as Prout is deemed fit to play.