The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Rostislav Klesla on Injured Reserve due to a broken hand suffered in last night's 3-1 win over St. Louis, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Klesla is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.
Klesla, 23, has appeared in four games this season, averaging 16:34 of ice time per game with one goal, 17 penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating. He missed the first 12 games of the season due to a stress fracture of his leg. He made his 2005-06 debut at Edmonton on Nov. 1 and scored the team's lone goal vs. the Oilers.
A native of Novy Jicin, Czech Republic, Klesla was the first draft pick in franchise history, selected fourth overall in the 2000 Entry Draft. He has appeared in 206 career games with the Blue Jackets, registering 15-33-48 and 195 penalty minutes. He has been selected to play in the NHL YoungStars Game during All-Star Weekend twice (2003, 2002-missed game due to injury) and was an NHL All-Rookie Team selection in 2001-02.
The Blue Jackets play the second game of a four-game homestand on Friday against the Edmonton Oilers. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. Coverage on FSN Ohio begins with the IceBreaker pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. ET. The game also will be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.