Seattle Kraken forward Jaden Schwartz is expected to be out four to six weeks as he will have surgery on his hand.
Schwartz is in the first season of a five-year, $27.5 million deal signed with the Kraken in the offseason.
Schwartz, 29, has appeared in 29 games for the Kraken this season, scoring six goals and adding 14 assists.
It is a tough loss for the Kraken but it will help them in the NHL Draft 2022 sweepstakes for top prospect Shane Wright. Should the lottery balls fall in their favor, they will select Wright in the upcoming draft.