Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck underwent successful surgery to repair a broken right ankle and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, the NHL team announced Wednesday, but GM Dale Tallon expects him back on the ice this season.
Trocheck, 25, sustained the gruesome injury during the first period of Florida’s game Monday against the Senators in an awkward fall while chasing the puck. He had to be stretchered from the ice after several minutes.
“Vinny is a tremendous competitor and leader for our club,” Tallon said in a statement. “It’s never easy to see a player and person like him suffer an injury like this, but we are confident that he will make a full recovery and be back on the ice with our team this season.”
Trocheck thanked his well-wishers and called the surgery “a success” in a tweet Wednesday morning, adding, in part: “The road to recovery begins now. I’ll be back before you know it.”
Extremely grateful for all of the support and well wishes I’ve received over the last day or so. Can’t thank you all enough. Surgery was a success, and the road to recovery begins now. I’ll be back before you know it. Thanks, everyone, and go Cats @FlaPanthers
— VT3 (@trocheck_89) November 21, 2018
The 2017 All-Star has 14 points on three goals and 11 assists over 18 games this season.