Devils forward Michael McLeod will miss four to six weeks following knee surgery.

Devils forward Michael McLeod underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Thursday to repair a torn meniscus.

The 19-year-old will be out four to six weeks.

McLeod suffered the injury during a preseason game on Sept. 25 against the New York Islanders, when he left the game during the first period.

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McLeod skated on his own and in small groups while attempting to rehab without surgery, but he had not participated in a full practice since the injury.

The recovery timeline puts the Devils’ 2016 first-round pick on track for mid-to-late November return.

As far as torn meniscuses go, McLeod’s recovery time following surgery falls on the shorter side. Devils forward Taylor Hall suffered a torn meniscus last season. Hall was expected to miss three to four weeks after the Nov. 16 surgery, but he returned to practice eight days late and played on Dec. 1 after missing eight games.

On the flip side, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos suffered a torn meniscus on Nov. 15 last season and needed four to six months to recover. He missed the rest of the 2016-17 season.

The Devils still have options for McLeod when he is healthy enough to play again. They could keep him in the NHL for as many as nine games before sending him back to the Mississauga Steelheads in the OHL. That nine-game clock does not start until McLeod plays his first game.

Depending on where the Devils sit in the standings and with other injuries, the Devils could keep McLeod in the NHL for the remainder of the season.

Chris Ryan may be reached at cryan@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisRyan_NJ. Find NJ.com Devils on Facebook.

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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports

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