The injured checklist in Columbus has grown significantly this week already and in the present day, one other participant has been added to it. The Blue Jackets announced that heart and workforce captain Boone Jenner has been positioned on IR. He’s set to overlook the following six weeks because of a fractured jaw suffered on Friday towards St. Louis after being hit by a shot from teammate Ivan Provorov within the second interval.
Whereas the Blue Jackets have underachieved this season, Jenner is among the few particular person exceptions. He leads the workforce in objectives with 13 whereas main all forwards in factors with 18 in 28 video games. The captain had additionally gotten off to a pleasant begin on the faceoff dot as his 55.6% success fee is the very best of his profession. Jenner additionally leads all Columbus forwards in ice time per sport, logging 19:33 per night time whereas enjoying in all conditions.
Jenner joins defenseman Adam Boqvist (shoulder), goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (sickness), and ahead Cole Sillinger (higher physique) as those that have been positioned on injured reserve this week alone. Veteran blueliner Damon Severson and heart Jack Roslovic are additionally on there as properly. All advised, they’ve almost $23M on IR now.
Rapidly, Columbus’ heart depth has taken one other large hit. That ought to open up a fair larger function for Adam Fantilli who has carried out properly since shifting again to his pure spot down the center. Head coach Pascal Vincent might want to resolve if he desires to place Patrik Laine again at heart (as soon as he returns from an sickness) to cowl for Jenner to permit their youthful facilities to ease in on the wing. Alternatively, Kent Johnson and Dmitri Voronkov are each pure facilities whereas Justin Danforth (who has briefly performed there this season) may additionally shift over.
The Blue Jackets are again in motion on Sunday towards Florida. With Jenner’s placement, they’ve an open roster spot and it wouldn’t be stunning to see that spot crammed in time for that sport, both by a recall or somebody activation from IR.