Sabres D Bogosian out 5-6 months after hip surgery

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian will be sidelined up to six months following his second hip operation in 15 months.

The team announced Tuesday that the 28-year-old is recovering from “successful” surgery. The timeline means he would likely miss training camp and perhaps the start of the 2019-20 season.

Bogosian tallied three goals, 16 assists and 52 penalty minutes in 65 games this season, the alternate captain’s fifth year in Buffalo and 11th in the NHL. He was second on the Sabres with 116 blocked shots and third in average ice time (21:38).

Bogosian played in just 18 games in 2017-18 before undergoing his first hip surgery in January of 2018.

“I think I took a step in the right direction, just playing more games and trying to find a routine that works,” he told reporters earlier this month. “As an athlete, that’s what you’re always looking for, is something that works. I think I took a step in the right direction, but there’s still a lot of work for me ahead.”

In 617 career games, the former first-round pick (No. 3 overall by Atlanta in 2008) has 52 goals and 137 assists.