Probably not. Lidstrom, Harvey, Chelios could all be ahead of him.
Chelios played 9529 NHL games (exact stat). No way will he have a good ratio.
Harvey might have him beat. He won 8. Lidstrom probably has him beat with his 7 too. Bourque has 5 I think. Lemme do some math and update this post.
In tennis (different sport, I realize) they allow THC treatments when recovering from an injury. It has shown to speed recovery times without much consequence. It would not surprise me if the same was allowed while recovering from injury in the NHL.
I think going from that one line to guys taking roids to speed up rehab is a bit of a silly jump.
I'd imagine the more likely scenario would be: testosterone is a banned substance -- player X gets his balls lopped off by matt cooke's skate -- player X gets exemption to take testosterone because it's actually necessary.
Risking that after a serious injury like that is moronic. What if it happens again and this time the whole AT tears off.
Unlike you, I'm not at all convinced that it will not affect him in his future career.
Just losing a fraction of his explosiveness and speed will make him a considerably worse player to the playing style that he has.
What do you know about achilles tendon ruptures, let alone Erik Karlsson's specific achilles rupture.
I don't think he'd be out there if there was risk. And he won't play until there isn't any risk. We have no idea how close he is. But it doesn't surprise me he's ahead of schedule...a natural elite athlete, it's no surprise they heal faster as well. Superior genetics and the best rehabilitation out there to boot.