Training camp hasn't even started yet and the Chicago Blackhawks just got some tough news.
The Blackhawks announced today that they'll be without one of their forwards for at least 4-6 weeks.
Forward Alex Nylander underwent knee surgery on Monday and will miss the first chunk of the season.
"Alex Nylander sustained a knee injury during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs," the team said in a statement. "He initially rested and trained conservatively; unfortunately, his symptoms came back when he started to skate. Alex had successful surgery on Monday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee."
The Buffalo Sabres 2016 first round pick had an up and down start with the Blackhawks last year and was looking for a big rebound season.
He'll have to wait to get that going.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Alex Nylander had successful surgery on Monday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. Team physician Dr. Michael Terry says he expects Alex to return to hockey related activities in approximately four to six months. #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/JUgHkXQwAV
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) December 23, 2020