After a breakout rookie season in Columbus in 2012-13, Dalton Prout will have the start of his sophomore NHL season delayed.
The Blue Jackets announced this afternoon that Prout underwent surgery today to repair what's being termed as a "lingering abdominal injury," and he's expected to miss the start of camp next month as a result. GM Jarmo Kekalainen said in a team-issued statement that Prout had recently complained of soreness and a muscle tear was the initial diagnosis, but further tests showed a "slight tear" and thus surgery was required.
"We discovered this week that there was actually a small tear and that surgery would be his best option,” 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 burst on the scene this past season, arriving for his first game in Chicago midway through the first period and stepping right into the fire. From there, though, things settled down and Prout settled in to a regular spot in the Blue Jackets lineup; he played 28 games in Columbus and racked up a team-best +15 rating in that time.
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