Bruins winger Anton Blidh (shoulder surgery) expected to miss four months

Dec 23, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Boston Bruins forward Anton Blidh (81) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in the overtime. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

The Bruins will be without one of the organization's depth pieces until 2020, as the Bruins announced that forward Anton Blidh, injured in last week's win over Philadelphia, underwent successful surgery to repair a ligament in his right shoulder on September 23.

According to the Bruins, the surgery was performed by Dr. Tom Holovacs at Mass General Hospital, and comes with an approximate recovery time of four months.

An energetic agitator by nature, Blidh appeared in two contests for the Bruins this preseason prior to the injury, with one assist, four shots on goal, and six hits (second-most on the team).

The 24-year-old appeared in one game last year (the Big B's regular-season finale against the Lightning), where he blasted Tampa Bay skaters for six hits in just 13:46 of action.

Overall, the Swedish forward has skated in 21 NHL games since 2016-17, with one goal, one assist, 26 shots, and 50 hits to his name.

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