Greg Pateryn will be out six weeks for the Minnesota Wild after having surgery to repair a sports hernia Tuesday.
The defenseman, who did not play in the preseason, had seven points (one goal, six assists) in an NHL career-high 80 games last season.
Pateryn, a fifth-round pick (No. 128) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2008 NHL Draft, has 36 points (four goals, 32 assists) in 247 games with the Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars and Wild. He has three assists in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Defenseman Carson Soucy, who played three games with the Wild in 2017-18 and 66 games with Iowa of the American Hockey League last season, is expected to take Pateryn's place in the lineup when the Wild play their regular-season opener against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN).