Brett Ritchie to Miss 3-4 Months Following Wrist Surgery

(Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The Stars depth at forward is coming in handy as Brett Ritchie will not start the season with Dallas or Texas this year. The forward, expected to compete for a spot in the NHL this season, is out 3-4 months after surgery to repair a ligament in his wrist. He sustained the injury during summer training, according to Dallas GM Jim Nill as reported by Mark Stepneski.

With so many one-way contracts in Dallas, Ritchie was right on the bubble to make the team thanks to his two-way contract and waiver-exempt status. It's a tough blow for the talented winger to have an injury come right when he appeared poised for a breakout season.

However, the upside for Texas Stars fans is that Ritchie will most definitely now play in the AHL this season for at least a few games. Come December or January, Ritchie will need to rehab his wrist and get back to game speed and game shape. He'll be doing that in a Texas Stars jersey.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that right wing Brett Ritchie underwent successful surgery to repair a ligament in his wrist. The surgery was performed by Dr. Tom Graham at the Cleveland Clinic.

"Brett's surgery went very well and he'll work hard to get back on the ice," said Nill. "We expect Brett to make a full recovery as he should return to the ice in three to four months."