Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorktrand is expected to be sidelined approximately eight to 10 weeks due to a sprained and fractured ankle suffered in last night's game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. A decision will be made in the coming days on whether or not the injury will require surgery.
Bjorkstrand, 24, has tallied 21-15-36 with 12 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 49 games this season, leading the club in goals, game-winning goals (five) and multi-point efforts (11) and ranking third in points. The Herning, Denmark native has registered 65-68-133, 35 penalty minutes and is +30 in 246 career NHL games with Columbus. In 2018-19, he picked up 23-13-36 in 77 games to set a career high in goals. In 2017-18, he collected a career-high 11-29-40 in 82 outings.