Surgery to sideline Stars' Nichushkin four months
DALLAS - The sophomore season of Dallas Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin, their top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, has been quite a bit tougher than his rookie campaign, where he had 34 points (14-20-34) in 79 games and led Dallas with a plus-20 rating.
Nichushkin, 19, has been limited to just four games so far this season due to the hip/groin injury he sustained during preseason.
And on Saturday night, as the Stars were flying to Chicago in advance of Sunday's game with the Blackhawks at United Center, the club announced that "Val" would miss at least the next four months as he is scheduled for hip surgery in the coming week.
"We had it diagnosed, and decided surgery is the best thing," Dallas general manager Jim Nill told Mike Heika, the Stars beat writer for The Dallas Morning News. "It's very similar to what (John) Klingberg had, and we expect it to have similar results."
Nichushkin had played two games recently since returning from injury. However, his hip issues flared up yet again and the Stars decided surgery was best for the talented young Russian.
Four months means Nichushkin could return to the ice sometime in March 2015 but provided his recovery goes well he could be healed in time for the final month of the NHL regular season and a possible second straight trip to the playoffs.
After returning from the Windy City, Dallas will begin a five-game homestand at American Airlines Center on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.