TORONTO – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews had wrist surgery on Friday and is expected to take “at least” six weeks to recover.
The team said Matthews, who won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top scorer last season, underwent the operation after “consulting with specialists and the Maple Leafs medical staff”.
The Maple Leafs said Matthews felt uncomfortable after stepping up his training on the ice this week.
The 23-year-old from Arizona scored 41 goals in 52 games last season despite missing four games since February due to an ongoing wrist problem. Toronto did not state which wrist the surgery was required on or whether the injuries were related to it.
Toronto are set to open the regular season on October 13 at home against Montreal.