Max Pacioretty suffered a knee injury, the Montreal Canadiens announced Friday.
The star forward’s recovery is expected to take 12 weeks, putting his availability for the 2015-16 season opener on Oct. 7 at Toronto in doubt.
The 26-year-old forward suffered his injury while working out off-ice in Florida on Thursday, according to the club release.
Canadiens confirm Pacioretty's knee injury will not require surgery.
— Ken Campbell (@THNKenCampbell) July 10, 2015
The left winger led Montreal in scoring in 2014-15 with 37 goals and 30 assists.
A late-season concussion forced Pacioretty to miss the first game of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Upon his return, the New Canaan, CT, native paced the Habs with five goals in 11 post-season games.
#Habs Max Pacioretty is on media lockdown and cannot comment on his knee injury that has him on an estimated 12-week recovery schedule
— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) July 10, 2015