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.
Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.
— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals