Maple Leafs' Hyman out at least 6 months with ACL tear

Michael Hoad

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman will miss a minimum of six months due to a torn ACL.

Hyman suffered the injury in Game 4 of Toronto’s first-round loss to the Boston Bruins, and will undergo surgery on April 29. The timeline means the 26-year-old will not be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season.

Despite the significant injury, Hyman appeared in all seven playoff games against the Bruins, scoring one goal in the series. The knee issue plagued him for the final three contests, but he still logged at least 16:58 of ice time in each of those outings.

The Toronto native posted a career-high 21 goals in 2018-19 in 71 games of action. The 41 total points also represented a new career best.

Hyman found success skating on the Leafs’ top line alongside John Tavares and Mitch Marner, and established himself as a versatile contributor in Mike Babcock’s lineup due to his hard-nosed style of play.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 19: Zach Hyman #11 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on during the second period of Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Boston Bruins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 19, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Hyman will be sidelined for at least six months. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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