Sabres goalie prospect undergoes hip surgery

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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 24: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen poses for a portrait after being selected 54th overall by the Buffalo Sabres during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Rochester Americans announced Thursday that Sabres goalie prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has undergone successful hip surgery.

Amerks General Manager Randy Sexton says the surgery was performed in New York and he is expected to make a full recovery within the next six months.

The 6 foot five inch 20-year old netminder from Finland made his professional debut with the Amerks on April 14th, making 32 saves and earning his first win.

Luukkonen was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the seond round of the 2017 NHL draft (54th overall).

He played most of this past season with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. With the Wolves Luukkonen put up some impressive numbers, posting a 38-11-2-2 record and leading the OHL with his 38 wins, and in shutouts with 6. Luukkonen was second in save percentage (.920) and third in Goals Against Average (2.50).

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