The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Sunday that defenseman Zach Werenski is expected to miss four weeks with a shoulder injury.
Werenski’s injury was caused in Saturday’s game when he collided with New York Islanders forward Anders Lee near the Columbus goal in the first period.
The Islanders forward’s backside appeared to make significant contact with Werenski’s left shoulder — he was shown favoring it immediately after the play.
The 22-year-old blueliner briefly went to the ice before skating off under his own power to the Blue Jackets locker room.
The team confirmed Werenski sustained an upper-body injury on the play and announced he would not return during the first intermission. Head coach John Tortorella reportedly did not have an update on the defenseman’s condition after the game, but it’s now known the blueliner will miss at least four weeks.
Werenski is one of Columbus’ top skaters and logs significant minutes for the team each night (23:33 minutes-per-game). A four-week return timetable could rule him out for all 14 of his team’s games in December — which may only further wound the Blue Jackets’ playoff chances this coming spring.
Prior to Saturday’s game, Werenski had scored six goals and 10 assists in 25 games in 2019-20.