New York Islanders forward Shane Prince is expected to need 4-6 months to recover after having ankle surgery.
Prince, 24, had 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 50 games for the Islanders last season.
"At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, Shane Prince returned home and continued the rehabilitation of his high ankle sprain injury," the Islanders said on their website Monday. "During the later stages of his rehabilitation he began to have increasing discomfort that deterred his training process for the upcoming 2017-18 season. After notifying our medical staff he was referred to specialists, who after trying more conservative measures determined that it was in Shane's best interest to have surgery. He has since had the surgery, is doing well and is expected to return to full activity in 4-6 months."
Prince has 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) in 114 NHL games for the Islanders and Ottawa Senators. He was Ottawa's second-round pick (No. 61) at the 2011 NHL Draft.
Video: NHL Tonight on Shane Prince's injury