Senators top pick Brady Tkachuk out a month with torn ligament in leg

Brady Tkachuk’s rookie season has taken an early turn.

The Senators winger is expected to be sidelined at least a month after suffering a torn ligament in his leg, coach Guy Boucher announced Wednesday. The team didn’t say which leg or where the ligament was located.

He suffered the injury in Monday’s 4-1 victory over the Stars.

Tkachuk has been productive through the team’s first four games, with three goals and three assists while adding 13 hits and boasting a plus-5 rating.

“It’s a tough one for him, but it’s also a very tough one for us because he was doing so well,” Boucher said (via the Ottawa Sun). “He was definitely part of our identity and doing good. … We’ve got to live through adversity and other teams are living it.”

Tkachuk, 19, was selected by Ottawa with the fourth overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Senators (3-2-1) are slated to host the Canadiens (3-1-1) at 7 p.m. ET Saturday.