Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, the NHL’s leading goal-scorer last season, underwent wrist surgery Friday.
The team termed the operation a success and put a six-week timetable on his return. With the regular season set to begin Oct. 12, Matthews likely won’t miss any official games, though he might miss part of training camp.
Matthews hurt his wrist this week during on-ice training, according to the Maple Leafs, who added that the decision regarding surgery was made by the team’s medical staff along with outside specialists.
Matthews scored 41 goals in 52 games last season to capture the Maurice Richard Trophy (NHL goal leader). His 12 game-winning goals also were a league high, and he tied for fifth with 66 points.
He finished as runner-up to Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid in voting for the Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player).
In five NHL seasons, all with Toronto, Matthews has scored at least 34 goals each campaign, topped by 47 in 2019-20.
The Maple Leafs finished in first place in the North Division last season at 35-14-7 (77 points) before losing to the Montreal Canadiens in seven games during the first round of the playoffs.
–Field Level Media