Blackhawks’ Brandon Davidson out 6-8 weeks after right knee surgery

The defenseman has one assist in seven games this season.

Blackhawks defenseman Brandon Davidson will miss 6 to 8 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right knee Tuesday.

Chicago placed Davidson on injured reserve Nov. 16 after he injured his right leg four days prior in the Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Carolina. He played 12:33 minutes in the game.

Davidson had one assist in the Blackhawks’ 6-3 home loss to the Lightning on Oct. 21. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound defenseman has skated in only seven regular-season games on Chicago’s third defensive pairing.

The Blackhawks signed the 27-year-old left-hander to a one-year contract worth $650,000 in September after joining the team in training camp on a professional tryout. Davidson had one assist in three preseason games. During the past four seasons, he has appeared in 152 NHL contests with the Oilers, Canadiens and Islanders, amassing nine goals and 13 assists.

Defenseman Connor Murphy (back) said Monday that he’s a week or so away from returning. The right-handed blue liner hasn’t been cleared for contact, yet, but began participating in practice Monday. He scored two goals with 12 assists in 76 games in his first season for Chicago in 2017-18.