The Columbus Blue Jackets announced that defenseman Dalton Prout had surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle Thursday and will miss the start of training camp in September.
"We discovered this week that there was actually a small tear and that surgery would be his best option," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "The typical recovery time for an injury like this is six weeks, so our hope is he will be ready by the start of the regular season."
Prout, a 2010 sixth-round pick (No. 154) had seven points and a team-best plus-15 rating in 28 games last season.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4