Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin to have hip surgery, out four months
Nichushkin hasn't played since the Stars' loss to the Nashville Predators on Nov. 6 due to a nagging groin injury. The team placed him on injured reserve for the second time the next day.
Nichushkin originally sustained the injury in September and re-aggravated it in practice in October, leading to his first stint on injured reserve beginning Oct. 20.
It's unclear what type of surgery Nichushkin will have.
The 19-year-old was the Stars' first-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft. He joined the club immediately, recording 34 points in 14:58 of average ice time in 79 games last season.
In four games this season, Nichushkin failed to record a point and had 12:41 of average ice time.
The Stars have 16 points in 17 games this season and are in sixth place in the Central Division after falling to the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Saturday.
- Ben Estes