Trevor van Riemsdyk to undergo wrist surgery

Chicago Blackhawks defense prospect Trevor van Riemsdyk will have surgery on his right wrist Tuesday and is expected to recover in about eight weeks, the team announced Friday.

Van Riemsdyk, a rookie, injured the wrist in a recent game with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. It’s his second major injury this season. He fractured his left patella in a game with the Blackhawks on Nov. 16 and also underwent surgery for that. He was assigned to the IceHogs in February to continue his rehab and had played in eight games with the team.

Van Riemsdyk, who is the younger brother of the Toronto Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk, also suffered a severe ankle injury at the University of New Hampshire in January 2014. He missed the remainder of that season.

Van Riemsdyk was the surprise of the Blackhawks’ training camp this season, impressing Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and making the team. He was appearing in his 18th NHL game when he was injured in November.

Quenneville said recently he was still keeping the option open for van Riemsdyk to return to the Blackhawks and help them in the playoffs this season.