Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott will undergo shoulder surgery on Friday, the club announced on Thursday. Per the team’s press release, his recovery is expected to take a minimum of six months.
That timeline will see the 22-year-old sit out at least the first month of the 2019-20 NHL season.
Dermott was sidelined for a month after injuring his shoulder on Feb. 27, but returned for the final four games of the regular season and skated in all seven of the Maple Leafs’ first-round playoff games against the Boston Bruins.
In 64 games in 2018-19, the rearguard registered four goals and 13 assists for 17 points (all career highs) and added a goal and two assists in the post-season.
The Maple Leafs gave the same recovery timeline to forward Zach Hyman, who last month underwent knee surgery after finishing Round 1 of the playoffs with a torn ACL.