Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith will miss the rest of the season and will undergo surgery next Thursday to repair a right hip labral tear and a hernia.
The Hawks said the 23-year-old is expected to make a full recovery in approximately 16 weeks.
Smith has recorded two goals in 13 games with Chicago this season. The Avon, Conn., native is third on the AHL Rockford IceHogs with 15 goals, including a team-high eight on the power play, and ranks fourth on the team with 31 points in 38 games.
I've got a lot of experience and there's a lot of young guys. It's even making me excited a little more. It's kind of a new life. At my age, I feel like I know a lot of things what to do, but I just cannot do it anymore. It's a lot easier to tell them what to do because they've still got the legs and hands to do it. I just know things, but I cannot do them anymore.
— Jaromir Jagr after making his Panthers debut in a win against the Sabres on Saturday