Devils forward Jack Hughes out for rest of season due to knee injury

New Jersey Devils centre Jack Hughes. (Chris Carlson/AP)

New Jersey Devils forward Jack Hughes will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury, the team announced Tuesday.

Hughes left Sunday’s game against the New York Islanders after taking a knee-on-knee hit from forward Oliver Wahlstrom in the second period, and has been diagnosed with a low-grade MCL sprain in his left knee.

"Given the timing, (Hughes) will be held out of game action for the rest of the season. (Hughes) will begin his motion rehab and conditioning immediately," said the Devils.

The 20-year-old was enjoying a breakout campaign in his third NHL season with 26 goals and 30 assists in 49 games. He also missed 17 games early this season after dislocating his shoulder.

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