Ales Hemsky of the Dallas Stars may miss the balance of the entire 2016/17 NHL season. The right winger suffered a hip injury at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey where he competed as part of the Czech Republic team. The injury update suggests that he may now miss all of the current season. According to an October 31st press release at the Stars' homepage "Ales underwent surgery (Monday morning) to repair a labral tear in his hip.

The injury was sustained while he was participating in the World Cup of Hockey. He will be out of the lineup for five to six months as he recovers and rehabilitates."

Hemsky has been in the NHL for ages and in 824 career games he has 556 points. His best seasons were in Edmonton and he was a part of the Oiler team that made the Stanley Cup final in 2006. That year he had 77 points in 81 appearances.

His best seasons may be behind him now, but he's still a solid contributor. In 152 games in Dallas he has 71 points, making him a peripheral scoring threat behind the Stars' leaders.

Dallas not playing well so far

Heading into this week's games the Dallas Stars are one of the disappointments of the season thus far. After a successful regular season last year, the Stars are just 3-4-1 through eight games (3-5 straight up).

On goals for and against they are -8 and Hemsky's absence could certainly be a small part of why they are not playing up to par. At time of writing, the Stars are 6th in the Wild Card standings following a thrashing over the weekend at the hands of the Minnesota Wild. Next up is a road game against Columbus on November 1st.

Dallas' scoring problems

The Dallas Stars only have 18 goals at this point in the young season.

One player whose production has been a little thin so far is Jamie Benn. Through eight games he has just two goals and two assists. Last season he was better than a point-per-game and there is plenty of time for him to get back to his normal standard. However, both of his goals are power play goals and so the Stars are still looking for some even-strengthed production. Hemsky could definitely have helped from that point of view so Monday's press release is certainly bad news for Dallas and their fans.

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