Winnipeg Team Doctors Confirm Timeline For Kyle Connor

Kyle Connor left the Winnipeg Jets' road trip on Tuesday to get an MRI and return to Manitoba to get the official word from team doctors on how long his knee injury will keep him out of the lineup. The verdict is in, as they've confirmed the original estimation of 6-to-8 weeks. 

The Jets' leading goal scorer will essentially be out until February, as he recovers from the brutal knee-on-knee hit he took from the Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Strome, a hit which was enough to earn Strome a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct. The NHL, however, chose not to suspend him. 

Connor has led the Jets in scoring for the past three seasons, this year with 17 goals in 26 games. Last season, he recorded 31 markers, and a career-high 47 along with 93 points in the 2021-22 season. 

The Jets have placed Connor on Injured Reserve, and recalled forward Dominic Toninato from the Manitoba Moose (AHL) on an emergency basis.