Edmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson is out six to eight weeks with a fractured right fibula suffered in Wednesday’s season opener, the team announced Thursday.

“He’s got a broken bone that’s going to take some time to heal,” coach Dave Tippett said, adding that surgery is not required. “He’s disappointed; tough break for him.”

Larsson is entering his ninth season, including his fourth with . He appeared in 82 games last season, with three goals, 17 assists and 44 penalty minutes. When the Oilers traded Taylor Hall for Larsson in 2016, he was seen as a building block of a Stanley Cup team. But has made the playoffs just once in his tenure.

The Oilers opened the season with a 3-2 win against Vancouver on Wednesday.

To take Larsson’s spot, the Oilers recalled defenseman Evan Bouchard — a highly touted 2018 first-round draft pick. In a corresponding move, the Oilers assigned defenseman Ethan Bear to Bakersfield of the AHL.

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