Ilya Mikheyev will be out at least three months for the Toronto Maple Leafs after having surgery to repair an artery and tendons in his right wrist that were severed during a 5-4 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.
The 25-year-old rookie forward was cut by the skate blade of Devils forward Jesper Bratt at 9:20 of the third period and left the game.
Mikheyev is expected to make a full recovery; he will remain at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, for further monitoring before returning to Toronto.
"First and foremost, we're thinking about [Ilya]," Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said after the game. "It was obviously scary, seeing that much blood. He's a guy we care deeply about and was having a great night, playing tremendous for us, so thoughts are with him."
Signed as a free agent by the Maple Leafs on May 6, Mikheyev has 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 39 games this season, including a first-period goal Friday.
Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin is week to week because of a broken foot sustained against the Devils.
Muzzin, who was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 28, has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 38 games this season.
The Maple Leafs lost to the New York Rangers 5-4 in overtime on Saturday to end a six-game winning streak.