Columbus Blue Jackets Star Defenceman Out For Season

Jacob MacDonald of Colarado (L) against Zach Werenski of Columbus (C) and Nick Blankenburg of Columbus (R) during the 2022 NHL Global Series - Finland match between Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets at Nokia Arena on November 5, 2022 in Tampere, Finland.

With the Columbus Blue Jackets season already in the gutter, this piece of news is a crushing blow. Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Zach Werenski will miss the rest of the season. After suffering a separated shoulder and a torn labrum, he will be out of the lineup leaving a glaring hole on the back end.

Zach Werenski Out For Season With Torn Labrum

Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Zach Werenski missing the year is a crushing blow to a team that had high expectations. Not only is he on the shelf, but the club also had placed Sean Kuraly, Jakub Voracek, and Nick Blankenburg on injured reserve. The main focus is Werenski, but that’s a lot of names out of the lineup that are crucial.

The Impact Werenski Has On The Club

Werenski is the franchise defenceman on this team. Since being a full-time player for the club, he has produced tremendously. Last season he had a career year in points (48) and assists (37) and is not far removed from his 20-goal season in 2019-20. Since the departure of Seth Jones, Werenski has been the franchise defenceman and will continue to do so in the future. Werenski currently leads all defencemen in points on the team (8) and is currently third overall. It is safe to say his presence will be missed.

Where Does Columbus Go From Here?

Emergency call-ups have been made. Gavin Bayreuther, Marcus Bjork, and David Jiricek are the troops that will reinforce the club. Bjork has yet to skate with the big club, but between the other two, they have a combined three games. Neither has any points, but Jiricek is a -4 and has four shots on goal.

Columbus is a mess and currently sits dead last in the Eastern Conference and in the Metropolitan Division. The team already has trouble defending and keeping the puck out of their net (55 goals allowed in all situations). With Werenski out, that becomes a more challenging task. It is still early in the season, and a turnaround is possible. If that is the case, the team could turn to the trade market for help or just let the young guns play and grow their games.

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