Devils place C Jack Hughes (shoulder) on IR

Devils place C Jack Hughes (shoulder) on IR

The New Jersey Devils placed center Jack Hughes on injured reserve Thursday because of his dislocated left shoulder.

The team said an MRI didn’t reveal any other damage and that he won’t require surgery. He is taking part in physical therapy and will be re-evaluated in a week, the team said.

The injury apparently occurred Tuesday when he was hit into the boards late in the first period of a 4-2 win against the Seattle Kraken. He did not return to the game.

Michael McLeod will join Yegor Sharangovich and Janne Kuokkanen on the second line in the absence of Hughes, 20.

Hughes, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, has played in 119 games with the Devils, recording 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists). He scored two goals in the season-opening 4-3 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks and added an assist before leaving the game against the Kraken.

The Devils also will be without goalie Jonathan Bernier when they host the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. He is out with a lower-body injury. Scott Wedgewood is expected to get the start. The team recalled Nico Daws from Utica of the American Hockey League.

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