According to Terry Frei at the Denver Post Dennis Everberg will miss 6-8 months with a shoulder injury:
Everberg will have shoulder surgery.— Terry Frei (@TFrei) April 9, 2015
Everberg 6-8 months.— Terry Frei (@TFrei) April 9, 2015
That prognosis already spells bad news for the 2015-2016 Avalanche's possession game. Everberg, despite low point totals has been a strong possession forward for the Avalanche this season, and his loss will certainly hurt the performance of the team's bottom six. Counting the full month of April, a 6 month prognosis leaves Everberg healthy at the end of September, while 8 months would take him all the way through the first part of the season and the month of November. Roy has said many times on his Thursday radio show that Everberg could be a top 3rd liner in the NHL if he is able to add weight and strength in the offseason, unfortunately an injury and rehab of this magnitude will likely tank Everberg's chances at reaching those strength goals for next season.
While Everberg forced the coaching staff's hands this year and earned a full time NHL spot, this injury could unfortunately result in Everberg's demotion back to the Monster's next year. With Patrick Bordeleau, Jamie McGinn, and maybe Jesse Winchester returning from injury next season and Everberg starting late without waiver eligibility, the young power forward could find himself on the outs with the Avalanche coaching staff. While Roy has continuously praised Everberg's play, he's also said time and again that he wanted the young forward to spend his full first season with the Monsters, this injury may be the perfect excuse to make that happen.