Max Domi will be out for the start of next season after the Columbus Blue Jackets forward had shoulder surgery Thursday.
He is expected to need six months to recover.
“Max had been experiencing some discomfort in his shoulder, which he brought to our attention last week and a subsequent examination revealed a labral tear,” Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “It was determined that surgery was the best course of action and we look forward to Max’s return early next season.”
Domi scored 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 54 games this season, his first with Columbus after he was acquired in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 6, 2020.
Columbus (18-26-12) finished last in the eight-team Discover Central Division and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the first round (No. 12) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Domi has scored 275 points (90 goals, 185 assists) in 429 regular-season games with the Blue Jackets, Canadiens and Coyotes and three assists in 10 playoff games.