Erie Otters forward and top NHL prospect Connor McDavid has been ruled out indefinitely after suffering a fractured hand in a fight Tuesday night.
McDavid left the ice midway through the second period holding his right wrist after fighting Steelheads forward Bryson Cianfrone.
The top prospect was taken to hospital to have his hand X-rayed and he will see a specialist on Wednesday.
"Not all fractures are created equally," TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie said Tuesday night. "You could have a hair-line fracture, put a splint on it and be playing before the week is out. Or, you could have a badly fractured hand that requires surgery and metal pins and be out 3-5 months. It's too early to tell until he sees a specialist in terms of the amount of time missed."
McDavid received a five-minute major for fighting, along with a game misconduct for removing his helmet during the fight.
The 17-year-old native of Newmarket, ON, scored a goal and added an assist in the first period before leading the game. He now has 16 goals and 35 assists in 18 games this season.
The Otters won Tuesday's game 4-0.