Ruutu to undergo shoulder surgery

, Last Updated: 5:55 AM ET

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Tuomo Ruutu picked the perfect time to attend to an ailment.

The Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday announced Ruutu will undergo surgery Friday to repair a subluxation of his left shoulder.

With no end to the NHL lockout in sight, Ruutu elected to have the procedure done at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after being examined by team doctors earlier this week.

The Finnish center suffered the injury while representing his country at the World Cup of Hockey, where his club advanced to the finals before losing to Canada earlier this month.

Selected ninth overall in the 2001 draft, Ruutu is expected to be sidelined for three to four months.

Ruutu, 21, recorded a team-leading 23 goals while adding 21 assists in 82 games last season, finishing sixth in voting for the Calder Trophy. He collected one tally and two assists in six World Cup contests, scoring a highlight-reel goal late in the second period to tie the championship game.


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