The Columbus Blue Jackets have gotten a lot of bites from the injury bug lately. There are currently 6 players out with injuries, with 2 more out after last night. In addition to the injuries, there are players that just haven’t showed up this season. Their production is down, they are making mistakes, and they just don’t look good on the ice. Let’s take a look at both types of players and what we can expect from them throughout the rest of the season.
Boll is out with an ankle injury. Jarmo Kekalainen stated yesterday at the Hockey n Heels event that they should know early this week if he needs to have surgery. Boll also belongs on the “invisible” players list. In the 21 games that he has played, he has recorded 1 goal and only 9 shots. The kicker? He just signed a new contract.
Gaborik has been out since November 17th with a knee injury. He attended the optional practice yesterday and hopes to return this week. He could also be on the “invisible” players list if he keeps playing like he did before his injury. There was no passion and no drive. A $7.5 million dollar player should produce more than he has.
Horton has yet to play on the season, but he is getting closer to his first game as a Blue Jacket. He is still wearing the red “no contact” jersey, but even though he isn’t playing, his energy and drive are things he brings to the ice now.
Wiz is out with an upper body injury, but could be back as soon as Thursday. In the beginning of the season, fans were not happy with his play, but he has gotten better. His greatest asset is his ability to shoot a one-timer from the point, which sometimes rebounds and is tipped in by another player. This is why he leads the team in assists.
Bob injured his groin about 2 weeks ago and was put on injured reserve. Many fans thought this was the end of this season’s Columbus Blue Jackets, but Curtis McElhinney (and now Mike McKenna) are holding down the fort. Coach Todd Richards stated today that there is a chance Bob could start skating again next week. Progress!
McBackup is listed as day to day after being injured during the game against the New York Rangers. He could come back on Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Dalton Prout, Derek MacKenzie, and Fedor Tyutin were injured during the game last night. Keep an eye out for updates at to their status. The Blue Jackets sent Jack Skille back to the Springfield Falcons at the beginning of last night’s game, but I have a feeling he will be back very soon.