Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau will have an MRI on his left ankle Sunday after it was cut by a skate during a preseason game Saturday, according to the Miami Herald.
Panthers coach Gerard Gallant told the paper that Huberdeau had to be stitched up and is in a walking boot.
"It doesn't look good right now, but until we get the MRI, we don't know a whole lot," Gallant said Sunday. "He got cut pretty bad with the skate. We'll see what happens. We're obviously hoping for the best. Will it be two weeks, two months? We don't have a timeframe. The MRI will tell us a lot."
Huberdeau was injured with about 6:45 remaining in the first period against the New Jersey Devils. Huberdeau was behind the net and engaged with Devils forward Sergey Kalinin when Kalinin's right leg came up and then down on the back of Huberdeau's left ankle
Huberdeau, 23, on Sept. 7 signed a six-year contract extension worth $5.9 million annually that begins next season. He had 20 goals and 39 assists (59 points) in 76 games last season.
"We're hoping for the best with Jonathan. You just don't replace a player like that," Gallant said. "Huberdeau looked great in training camp, added about 10 pounds of muscle. We were real happy with the way he came to camp, the way he was playing. This is real disappointing to him and to us. We just hope it isn't long term."
The Panthers this week said forward Nick Bjugstad is out at least four weeks with a broken hand.
Florida defeated New Jersey 4-2 in the game at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.