Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov out for season with knee injury

Carolina’s star winger was hurt during Saturday’s game against Vegas

Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov, left, talks with assistant athletic trainer Matthew Aiello during the second period of Carolina’s 4-0 loss to Vegas on Saturday in Raleigh. (Karl B. DeBlaker / AP Photo)

RALEIGH — The Hurricanes announced Tuesday that star forward Andrei Svechnikov is out for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs and will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

Svechnikov suffered the injury in  Saturday’s game against the visiting Golden Knights, appearing to hurt his knee after hitting a rut in the PNC Arena ice. He was later favoring his right leg following a check on Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez.

“After further consultation with global experts in this field, it has been determined that the best course of action for Andrei’s future is to have this surgery, and to have it done by our team orthopedist, Dr. Marty Isbell,” Hurricanes President and GM Don Waddell said in a press release. “We’re confident that Andrei will make a full recovery.”

The 22-year-old Russian forward is among Carolina’s top point producers, ranking tied for second on the team in points this season (55) and third in goals (23). He won the Faster Skater competition at this year’s All-Star Weekend.

The Hurricanes recalled Jack Drury from AHL Chicago earlier Monday. The rookie center had two assists in 21 games earlier in the season with Carolina and 11 goals and 24 points in 37 games with the Wolves.