Hischier out for start of training camp with Devils because of leg injury

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Nico Hischier will not participate in on-ice sessions for the start of training camp with the New Jersey Devils after sustaining a leg injury while training in Switzerland earlier this month.

Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald confirmed for NHL.com that Hischier is week-to-week with the injury.

The Devils are scheduled to conduct player physicals Dec. 31 and will begin on-ice training Jan. 1. Hischier will be present for physicals and off-ice work. New Jersey opens the season Jan. 14 against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center.

Hischier, who turns 22 on Jan. 4, was the No. 1 pick by New Jersey in the 2017 NHL Draft. He signed a seven-year, $50.75 million contract with the Devils on Oct. 18, 2019 that begins this season.

In three seasons with the Devils, Hischier has 135 points (51 goals, 84 assists) in 209 regular-season games and one assist in five Stanley Cup Playoff games. 

He scored 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 58 games last season and played in his first NHL All-Star Game. Hischier finished in a tie for first on the Devils with 42 takeaways (Blake Coleman, Jack Hughes) and was second with a 51.7 face-off winning percentage (507-for-980). He was second among Devils forwards in average ice time (18:04); Taylor Hall was first (19:11 in 30 games).

The Devils, who failed to qualify for the playoffs the past two seasons and seven of the past eight, were 28-29-12 (.493 points percentage) last season and were not among the 24 teams to compete in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

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