Edmonton's Taylor Hall will miss the rest of the season, electing to have surgery to fix a chronic injury in his left shoulder.
The first pick in the 2010 Entry Draft was dealing with a concussion since the middle of March, but the team chose to shut Hall down due to a labrum tear that's lingered since before Hall reached the NHL.
"Four years now ... I injured it in junior and it's been wearing away," Hall said. "I've been playing with a pretty bad shoulder for most of this year and I'm excited to see what I can do after it's fixed.
"It's not the way I envisioned my career starting, but I hope to stay healthy after this and be a good Oiler for a long time."
The expected recovery time for Hall is 5-6 months, putting him on track to be ready for the start of the 2012-13 season.
"We're doing the right thing," coach Tom Renney said. "The most important thing is the future of the organization and he's a big part of that."
The 20-year-old finishes 2011-12 with 27 goals and 53 points in 61 games, improving on his rookie season of 22 goals and 42 points in 65 games.