Jack Eichel will be out for the season for the Buffalo Sabres because of a herniated disk in his neck.
The center is expected to be ready for next season.
Eichel scored 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) in 21 games and last played in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders on March 7.
He was reevaluated after not playing in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers two days later and was expected to be out at least 7-10 days.
“I would say he is out for the foreseeable future, and because of the nature of the injury we can’t put a fixed date on that,” Sabres coach Ralph Kruger, who was fired March 17, said at the time. “We’re expecting it to go on a little longer.”
The Buffalo captain previously missed two games with a lower-body injury Feb. 25 and Feb. 27. The two goals scored in 21 games were the fewest to start his six-season NHL career.
The Sabres (10-25-7) are last in the NHL with 27 points. They visit the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, MSG-B, NHL.TV).