Panthers' Huberdeau out three to four months

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau will miss up to four months with a lower body injury.

The team announced the extent of Huberdeau's injury on Sunday, a day after he got hurt in Florida's preseason finale at West Point, New York. Huberdeau was expected to be a part of Florida's top line, alongside Jaromir Jagr and Aleksander Barkov.

• Aaron Ekblad ready to step into leadership role for Panthers

The Panthers also announced Sunday that Derek MacKenzie will serve as the team's captain, assisted by Jussi Jokinen and Aaron Ekblad. MacKenzie is the ninth captain in Florida history, replacing Willie Mitchell.

''It's hard to put into words right now,'' MacKenzie said. ''Honestly, it's a little overwhelming.''

Florida opens its season at home against New Jersey on Thursday night.

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