The Devils will be without Tyce Thompson for the next little while as Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports (Twitter link) that the winger will be undergoing shoulder surgery at some point over the next few days. He adds that Thompson has had multiple issues with his shoulder and at this point, they’ll be hoping that the procedure stops the issue from lingering. The expected time for recovery will be several months.
The 22-year-old was brought up from AHL Utica last week and had gotten into two games before suffering the injury, averaging 14:25 per game. Prior to that, he was averaging a point per game in seven contests with the Comets. He also suited up seven times with the Devils last season after finishing his college career at Providence, picking up an assist while primarily playing on the fourth line.
This is the final season of Thompson’s entry-level contract, one that carries $400K in performance bonuses. With him set to miss a substantial portion of the year though, it’s quite unlikely that he’ll be able to reach any of those.