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Hischier played through hand injury during rookie season with Devils

Forward won't need surgery, unavailable for World Championship

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Nico Hischier will have his left wrist and hand immobilized for 2-4 weeks because of an injury the New Jersey Devils rookie forward played through all season.

Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, won't need surgery to repair the injury, the Devils announced Thursday, but it will keep him from playing for Switzerland at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark from May 4-20.

The 19-year-old, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, had 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) in 82 regular-season games, second on the Devils behind Taylor Hall (93 points; 39 goals, 54 assists). Hischier scored one goal in New Jersey's five-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Devils forward Pavel Zacha won't play for the Czech Republic at the World Championship because of a ligament injury in his right thumb and wrist. The 21-year-old will have his hand immobilized for 2-4 weeks but will not need surgery. 

Zacha had 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 69 regular-season games and was minus-1 in five playoff games.

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