The Columbus Blue Jackets haven’t dealt with quite as many injuries this season as they did last year, but the club has still seen their fair share of woes this year.
Now, that will include the loss of defenseman Jack Johnson, out indefinitely after leaving the team’s game Thursday night.
#CBJ D Jack Johnson (upper body) out indefinitely. Expect a call-up later today from @monstershockey
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) February 26, 2016
While it seemed like an upper body injury during the game last night, the team has yet to specify exactly what’s ailing the player.
Drafted third overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005, Johnson hasn’t become quite what Columbus hoped he would in the last few years – but the veteran blue liner is still one of the team’s top players at his position, and losing him for an unspecified length of time will still sting. His six goals and 14 points over 60 games aren’t quite up to par with the production seen last year, but make no mistake – this could be costly for Columbus moving forward, even without aspirations of seeing the post-season.
Without Johnson in the lineup, the Blue Jackets – along with whomever is recalled to replace him on the blue line – will face the Florida Panthers this coming Saturday. This gives the team just over a day to determine who will replace the defenseman on the roster.