Sabres prospect Luukkonen has hip surgery

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By WGR 550 SportsRadio
(WGR 550) - Amerks general manager Randy Sexton has announced that Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has undergone successful hip surgery.

The Sabres' 2017 second round pick played one game in Rochester this season, making 32 saves in a win. In a statement, Sexton said, “Ukko-Pekka underwent hip surgery in New York and is expected to make a full recovery within the next six months. We were very pleased with his professional debut in Belleville and look forward to a strong off-season of training as he begins the rehabilitation process.”

This was the 20-year-old's first season in North America. He went 38-11-2-2 in Sudbury of the OHL with a .920 save percentage.

The Sabres expect Luukkonen to be their No. 1 goalie in Rochester next season.