Alex Nylander will be out 4-6 months for the Chicago Blackhawks after having knee surgery on Monday.
The 22-year-old forward sustained a meniscus tear in his left knee during the Blackhawks’ five-game loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference First Round.
“[Nylander] initially rested and trained conservatively,” Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry said. “Unfortunately, his symptoms came back when he started to skate. … He is expected to return to hockey-related activities in approximately 4-6 months.”
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association formally reached an agreement Sunday to play a 56-game regular season starting Jan. 13, 2021, and ending May 8. The 2020-21 season has been delayed due to continuing concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
According to the timeline provided by the Blackhawks, Nylander is expected to be out until at least the third week of April.
Nylander scored an NHL career-high 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 65 games for Chicago last season. He had no points in eight postseason games.
Selected by the Buffalo Sabres with the No. 8 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Nylander has scored 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 84 games during four seasons in the League.