Columbus Blue Jackets rookie forward Emil Bemstrom is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks due to a dislocated rib and broken cartilage suffered in last Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Bemstrom, 20, has registered three goals and six assists for nine points with two penalty minutes in 28 games this season. He scored his first NHL goal at Arizona on November 7 and went on to tie a franchise rookie record with a five-game points streak as he collected 3-3-6 from November 7-19.
The Nykoping, Sweden native was selected by Columbus in the fourth round, 117th overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft. He led the Swedish Hockey League in goals and power play goals in 2018-19 with 23-12-35 and 10 power play tallies in 47 games with Djurgardens IF, earning SHL Rookie of the Year honors. His 23 goals were the third-most by a teenager in SHL history, trailing Kent Nilsson's 28 in 1975-76 and Elias Petersson's 24 in 2017-18.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Thursday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game time from PPG Paints Arena is 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Ohio and the FOX Sports Go app with coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the "Blue Jackets Live" pre-game show. The contest will also be broadcast on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan.