According to Frank Seravalli of Daily face-to-facethe Columbus Blue Jackets have announced updates for three of their injured players.
Jakub Voracek won’t be back anytime soon after a concussion he suffered in early November. Doctors advised him to be careful due to numerous head injuries throughout his career. Voracek has played in 11 games for the Blue Jackets this year, scoring one goal and six points. The Blue Jackets are struggling this year and Voracek was no exception. He is minus-7 this year, tied for third on a bad team.
Voracek is a leader for the Blue Jackets and has two years left on his contract which pays him $8.25 million a year. It’s unclear when he’ll return to the Blue Jackets roster.
Jake Bean will miss the next 4-6 months with a shoulder injury he suffered Nov. 15 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He left the game early and hasn’t returned to the lineup since. The injury is serious and he may not play for the Blue Jackets again this year. In 14 games, Bean scored one goal and six points while playing 15:42 minutes per game.
The most significant of all these injury updates is the fate of Zach Werenski. The Blue Jackets’ number one defenseman will not play again this season as he is expected to miss the next six months with a torn labrum. He had surgery on Tuesday.
These three injuries are a blow for a struggling team. The Blue Jackets sit last in the Metropolitan Division, five points behind the seventh-place team. All hopes of a playoff spot are effectively over now, but they have some promising players to watch. Cole Sillinger, Yegor Chinakhov, Kent Johnson and of course their free agent signing Johnny Gaudreau are all players to watch this season.