BOSTON -- Rookie Charlie McAvoy has been an important part of the Boston Bruins' charge toward the top of the NHL standings.
But Monday, the 20-year-old defenseman underwent a heart procedure that will cost him at least the next two weeks.
McAvoy, who first had an irregular heartbeat after a game in November, will miss his first game of the season when the sizzling Bruins host the struggling New Jersey Devils in the first of two games leading up to the All-Star break.
He underwent an ablation at Massachusetts General Hospital and the expected recovery time is two weeks.
McAvoy, showing a consistency that has him in the conversation for the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, has five goals and 25 points and is a plus-18 for the Bruins, who are 12-0-4 in their last 16 games. >> Read more