Forward Rostislav Olesz had successful surgery Thursday on his fractured right hand and is expected to miss three-to-six weeks, according to GM and coach Jacques Martin.
The 22-year-old left winger, who had been playing alongside Jozef Stumpel and Radek Dvorak, had two goals and two assists in the first seven games of the season.
“It was successful and, hopefully, he’ll be back quickly for us,” Martin said.
Martin also gave credit to Stefan Meyer, who was reassigned back to Rochester of the American Hockey League after making his NHL debut Wednesday in the Panthers 4-3 win over the Flyers.
“Stef gave us a good effort Wednesday night, but as a younger player you want those kids playing,” Martin said. “I think he’s making progress. When I look at him, a third year pro, I think this was his best training camp. He seems to be getting a little more comfortable and improving on his speed. He’s just got to keep working and improving and be available when we need him.”