BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht has had surgery on his injured left pinkie and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said that Hecht will be "out for weeks instead of days." Buffalo opens its Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff series against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
Hecht missed the final three games of the regular season because of the injury, but had practised the last two days. After the finger was examined Wednesday, it was determined surgery was needed.
Rookie Tyler Ennis is taking Hecht's spot in the lineup. Ennis played the final nine games of the regular season and had two goals and six assists.