Leafs forward Auston Matthews out at least 6 weeks following wrist surgery
23-year-old led NHL in goals with 41 in 52 games
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has undergone wrist surgery and is expected to need a "minimum" of six weeks to recover.
The club made the announcement Friday, the same day the reigning Rocket Richard Trophy winner went under the knife following "consultations with specialists and Maple Leafs medical staff."
The Leafs say Matthews encountered discomfort after increasing his on-ice training earlier this week.
The three-time All-Star was also a finalist for the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award in 2020-21.
The regular-season opener for the Maple Leafs is Oct. 13 at home against the Montreal Canadiens, who eliminated Matthews and Toronto in the playoffs with a seven-game, first-round series upset on their way to the Stanley Cup Final.