The goaltending depth in the Buffalo Sabres' farm system took a hit Friday with the announcement that Jonas Johansson underwent successful season-ending surgery.
The nature of the surgery was not disclosed in a news release.
Johansson, 23, had a .908 save percentage with three shutouts and 18 wins in 27 games for the Cincinnati Cyclones this season. He also appeared in five games for the Rochester Americans, posting a .926 save percentage.
"We're pleased that Jonas' surgery was successful and he will start the rehab process tomorrow," Sabres assistant general manager Randy Sexton said in a news release Friday. "He is a talented young goalie that has developed nicely over the past two seasons and we have every expectation this slight setback will in no way derail his continued development."
Johansson, a third-round draft pick of the Sabres in 2014, has appeared in 54 games for the Cyclones over the past two seasons and made his professional debut with the Amerks in 2017. He has a combined .891 save percentage in 19 games with Rochester over three seasons.
Johansson was named the CCM/ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Nov. 12-18 and had a season-long five-game win streak from Nov. 4-23. He is a restricted free agent following next season and will likely be surpassed by Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen on the organizational depth chart.
Luukkonen, a 19-year-old drafted in the second round by Buffalo in 2017, has a .919 save percentage in 42 games with Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League and won a Gold Medal with Finland at the World Junior Championships. He told The Buffalo News last month that he intends to begin his professional career following the completion of Sudbury's season.