Senators rookie Brady Tkachuk sidelined with torn ligament

Ottawa Senators rookie forward Brady Tkachuk will miss a month with a torn ligament in his leg, the team announced Wednesday.

Tkachuk, the No. 4 pick of the 2018 NHL draft, has been a bright spot for the Senators early. He missed the first two games of the season with a groin injury and was held scoreless in his debut. But in his first four NHL games, Tkachuk has posted six points (three goals, three assists) on 14 shots on goal. The 19-year-old also has 13 hits in those four games, with a plus-5 rating.

The Senators, projected to be one of the league's bottom dwellers this season, have surprised with a 3-2-1 start.

Tkachuk is son of longtime NHL player Keith Tkachuk, who is one of five American-born players to score 500 goals. His brother is Matthew Tkachuk, a winger for the Flames, who is in his third season in the league.