Leafs' Mikheyev out at least 3 months after severing artery, tendons in wrist

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ilya Mikheyev will miss at least three months following surgery to repair an artery and tendons in his wrist that were severed during Friday night's 5-4 overtime win over New Jersey.

Defenceman Jake Muzzin also week-to-week with broken foot

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Ilya Mikheyev is out for three months after being accidentally sliced by Devils forward Jesper Bratt's skate during Friday night's game. (Nick Wass/The Associated Press)
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Saturday that Ilya Mikheyev had successful surgery to repair an artery and tendons in his wrist that were severed during the team's game against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

The 25 year old left the ice in the third period after being cut on his wrist by Jack Hughes' skate. He was immediately taken to University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey with what the team called a "significant laceration" to his wrist.

Following the successful surgery, Mikheyev will now remain at the hospital for further monitoring before returning to Toronto.

He is expected to make a full recovery but a more accurate timeline for his return will be provided in three months.

WATCH | Leafs win in OT but lose Mikheyev to injury:

Game Wrap: Toronto take another thrilling affair in OT victory over New Jersey

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The Toronto Maple Leafs traded the lead back and forth with New Jersey before William Nylander scored in overtime to give Toronto a 5-4 win.

"It was obviously scary there, seeing that much blood," Tavares said following last night's game.

"Obviously, a guy that we care deeply about and was having a great night and playing tremendous for us, so thoughts are with him."

"It's terrifying," added Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson. "All of a sudden I could just see a ton of blood coming from somewhere and a lot more than a usual hi-stick or anything like that. Hopefully he's alright."

Ilya Mikheyev rushes off the ice after being cut by a skate during the third period. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Mikheyev recorded his eighth goal of the year earlier in that game against the Devils. The 25-year-old rookie has 23 points in 39 games this season.

In other Maple Leafs injury news, the team announced that defenceman Jake Muzzin is week-to-week after breaking his foot in the same game against the Devils.


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