New Jersey Devils center Michael McLeod is now expected to miss at least the next four-to-six weeks after undergoing a successful procedure on his left knee, the Eastern Conference franchise has formally announced. With the surgery being performed by Dr. Jonathan Glashow, McLeod was ultimately forced to go under the knife on Thursday morning.
“This morning, Michael McLeod underwent successful arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee, suffered September 25 against the New York Islanders,” reads the team’s official statement regarding the matter. “The procedure was performed by Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the Devils’ Chief Medical Officer. His expected recovery time is approximately 4-6 weeks.”
The up-and-coming forward has yet to appear in a regulation NHL game after failing to make his way to the highest level in 2016-17. Although initially primed to do so this time around, McLeod’s untimely setback has now pushed his eventual NHL debut back at least a few months. McLeod was originally selected by the Devils with the No. 12 overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft. The 19-year-old center is a native of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and stands at 6-2 while weighing just under 200 pounds.
As a whole, New Jersey has become one of the early surprises from around the league thus far into the 2017-18 regular season. While defeating the Colorado Avalanche, Buffalo Sabres and the surging Toronto Maple Leafs to begin the new slate, the 3-0-0 Devils are now the only undefeated team in the entire Eastern Conference.