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Max Jones out 4 to 6 months with torn pectoral muscle

Jones will be sidelined until at least February, and potentially the entire season.

Max Jones #49 of the Anaheim Ducks warms up before the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on October 02, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Anaheim Ducks forward Max Jones has suffered a torn pectoral muscle and will have surgery to repair it next Wednesday. He will be out for four to six months, which means at the earliest he’ll return in February, but he could be out for the remainder of the season if things in his recovery don’t progress as quickly as hoped.

“It’s a tough blow for Max as he made strides last season and was heading in the right direction this year as well. We hope to have him back this year and at full strength,” said Ducks General Manager Bob Murray.

This is a relatively big setback for Jones, who was hoping to have a breakout year this season.

The 23-year-old forward was selected in the first round, 24th overall, in the 26th NHL Entry Draft, but has yet to have an explosive season at the NHL level. During the 2020-21 season, he recorded 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) through 46 games played with the Ducks. This season, he started off absent from the scoresheet, producing 0.4 goals above replacement (GAR) through two games played prior to his injury.