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Zach Werenski injured, out of Traverse City tourney

Blue Jackets defenseman expected to be ready for start of training camp Thursday

by Mike G. Morreale @MikeMorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski has a lower-body injury and will not play in the remaining two games of the Traverse City prospects tournament at Centre Ice Arena.

Werenski, a first-round pick (No. 8) in the 2015 NHL Draft, was injured during a 4-1 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. He said he should be fine for Blue Jackets training camp, which starts Thursday.

"It's just precautionary," Werenski told "I don't really know how it happened. I just woke up [Sunday] and was pretty sore in my lower body. But it's nothing too serious."

Werenski, who was serving as Blue Jackets captain, had one goal and a plus-3 rating in the win against the Blues.

"I felt a lot better out there in that second game [Saturday]," he said. "It was key getting that first game under your belt [Friday]. I felt like I was getting back into game shape so it was good playing, but it's tough knowing I'm not out there for the third and fourth games of the tournament."

Werenski will remain with the Blue Jackets for the duration of the tournament.

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