Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski is expected to miss four weeks due to a shoulder injury suffered in the first period of last night's game at the New York Islanders, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Werenski, 22, leads all club defensemen in scoring this season with six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 26 games. His goal, assist and point totals rank third overall on the club. Columbus' first selection, eighth overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft, he has registered 44-100-144 with 56 penalty minutes and a cumulative +7 plus/minus rating in 263 career NHL games.
Since making his NHL debut in 2016, Werenski's 44 goals and 144 points rank ninth-tied and 19th, respectively, among all league defenseman. The Grosse Pointe, Michigan native was named a Calder Trophy finalist and member of the NHL All-Rookie Team following the 2016-17 campaign and made his All-Star Game debut in 2018.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Tuesday when they host the Arizona Coyotes. Game time from Nationwide 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.