Devils’ Nico Hischier to miss start of camp with leg injury

New Jersey Devils centre Nico Hischier, left, will miss the start of training camp with a leg injury. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

New Jersey Devils star centre Nico Hischier will miss the start of training camp with a leg injury, but the issue is not expected to be long-term.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Hischier suffered the injury in off-season training but will not need surgery.

The Devils are one of seven teams who will begin training camp early — on New Year’s Eve — due to the fact that they were left out of the NHL’s summer return-to-play playoffs.

Hischier, 21, is entering his fourth season and first on a new seven-year, $50.25 million contract. He missed some time with a left knee injury last season and had 14 goals and 36 points in 58 games.

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