Zemgus Girgensons will be out for the season for the Buffalo Sabres after having hamstring surgery Wednesday.
Girgensons was injured during a scrimmage Monday and is expected to need six months to recover. He was helped off the ice after falling awkwardly trying to check teammate Steven Fogarty.
“Certainly, we’re hoping for some good news here, but we have to be ready for possibly a bit of a setback,” Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said Monday. “Everybody saw the injury and the awkwardness of the situation.
“… You realize that each and every one of these players has a unique package that he brings into our group. Zemgus’ package is specialized. It’s hard for us to replace. It’s hard for us to replace and we hope everything goes right.”
Girgensons scored 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) in 69 games last season. The No. 14 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft has scored 138 points (61 goals, 77 assists) in 489 NHL games.