Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson underwent successful surgery today to repair a posterior labral tear of his left shoulder and is expected to make a full recovery in four to six months, Blue Jackets General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Peter Millett at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Anderson suffered the injury against the Ottawa Senators on December 14.
"When Josh suffered the injury, the options were to have it surgically repaired and miss the rest of the season or rest and rehabilitate with a chance to return to the lineup," said Kekalainen. "Unfortunately, the injury has not responded as any of us had hoped to the latter and the decision was made to have the surgery now so that Josh will be fully healthy and ready to go next season."
Anderson, 25, has collected 65-50-115 and 212 penalty minutes in 267 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, including 1-3-4 and 17 penalty minutes in 26 outings this season. In 2018-19, he set career highs for goals, assists and points with 27-20-47 and 60 penalty minutes in 82 games. The 6-3, 222-pound winger was selected by Columbus in the fourth round, 95th overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.