Boston Bruins forwards David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand likely will miss the start of next season as they recover from their respective surgeries, the team announced.
Per the Bruins, Pastrnak is expected to need approximately five months to recover after undergoing right hip arthroscopy and labral repair on Sept. 16.
His linemate Marchand is expected to require four months to recover following sports hernia surgery on Sept. 14.
The 2020-21 NHL season tentatively is scheduled to begin on New Year's Day.
Pastrnak, 24, shared the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy in 2019-20 as the NHL's leading goal scorer with Washington Capitals superstar captain Alex Ovechkin.
Pastrnak needed just 70 games to score 48 goals, eclipsing his previous career high -- set in 2018-19 -- by 10. He also set career highs in assists (47), points (95) and plus-minus rating (plus-21).
Pastrnak collected 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 10 postseason games for the Bruins, who were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games during the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Marchand, 32, had 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) in 70 regular-season games last season and 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 13 playoff contests.
--Field Level Media