Gustav Forsling will likely be unable to play the first month of the season for the Chicago Blackhawks because of a wrist injury.
The 22-year-old defenseman had surgery on his right wrist Tuesday. The expected recovery time is 14 weeks.
The Blackhawks open the season at the Ottawa Senators on Oct 4.
Forsling had 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 41 games last season with the Blackhawks, who missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs and finished last in the Central Division (33-39-10).
Selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the fifth round (No. 126) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Forsling was traded to Chicago for defenseman Adam Clendening on Jan. 29, 2015. He has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 79 NHL games, all with the Blackhawks.