Oliver Bjorkstrand had ankle surgery Tuesday, and the expected recovery time for the Columbus Blue Jackets forward is 8-10 weeks.
That time frame would have Bjorkstrand out the rest of the regular season and likely the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Bjorkstrand sustained a sprain and hairline fracture of his ankle when he fell into the boards during the third period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 20.
Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets with 21 goals, five game-winning goals and 11 multipoint games.
"He's a guy that you can count on in every situation this year," teammate Zach Werenski said Feb. 21. "I think he was really finding a stride this season so that [stinks] to see obviously."
Columbus (32-21-14) is 2-2-1 without him and is tied with the New York Islanders for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets start a three-game road trip at the Calgary Flames on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN360, SNE, SNO, SNW, FS-O, NHL.TV).