The Buffalo Sabres suffered another blow Friday with news of rookie forward Victor Olofsson's injury.
Olofsson will miss time with a lower-body injury he sustained in the third period of Thursday's 3-2 OT win against the Edmonton Oilers.
On a play in which he recorded an assist, skating with the puck in the corner, the rookie landed awkwardly after his skate looked to catch an edge on the ice. Just before the fall, he fed the puck to Zach Bogosian at the point for a shot that was deflected in by Sam Reinhart to tie the game at two.
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Olofsson led all rookies in goals (16) and points (35) at the time of his injury and was second on the team in goals, points and assists (19), trailing Jack Eichel in all three categories.
How long will Victor Olofsson be out?
Preliminary reports by the team suggest that Olofsson will miss five to six weeks with a lower-body injury.
"He will be gone for a few weeks now, we know that for sure," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. "Of course he has been a very important catalyst to the good things that are happening here in the team and we need to fill that hole. Guys need to step up as we had the same situation with Jeff [Skinner]. It's definitely a challenging situation but we'll pull together and fill that hole."
The specifics of his injury have not be announced.
Victor Olofsson injury timeline
The rookie winger suffered a lower-body injury Jan. 2 in the third period against the Edmonton Oilers.
On Jan. 3, the team announced Olofsson will likely miss five to six weeks with the injury.
This article will be updated with injury news as it is made available.