Chicago Blackhawks rookie Connor Bedard had surgery to repair his fractured jaw and will be out six to eight weeks.

Bedard left in the first period of a 4-2 loss at the New Jersey Devils Jan. 5 after a hit by defenseman Brendan Smith.

During Bedard’s fourth shift of the game, he skated over the Devils’ blue line during a Blackhawks power play. As he stick handled into the zone, he was met with a shoulder check from Smith. Bedard fell to the ice and immediately clutched his jaw. He left the game at 9:11 of the first period as Nick FolignoBrett Seney and several teammates ignited a skirmish with Smith behind the Devils’ net.

Asked if he felt the hit was dirty, Chicago coach Luke Richardson said Friday night: “I think Connor was reaching for a puck and didn’t see him, because he was behind one of their players. I don’t think he stepped up on Connor. I think he kind of stopped and Connor ran headfirst into him. I don’t think there was intent [to injure]. I think he was just playing hard on the blue line and trying to keep the puck out on the penalty kill.”

Bedard, 18, leads NHL rookies in goals (15) and assists (18) in 39 games. The No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL draft also leads rookie forwards in average ice time (19:04).

Following his selection this week, Bedard could be the youngest player ever in the NHL All-Star Game at 18 years, 201 days, topping a record set by Buffalo Sabres winger Jeff Skinner (18 years, 259 days) in 2011. The All-Star Game is Feb. 3.