When the NHL paused its season on March 12 for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blue Jackets were poised to get Cam Atkinson back from an incessant ankle stroke.
If that happens against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Arena Nationwide, the Jacks ’injury list would have skyrocketed to six, and they have been encouraged by this new number. That’s how challenging things had come to Columbus during the 2019-20 campaign, starting with an injury injury that arrived in December and continued until the season ends.
It literally took a pandemic to the mountain of Blue Jackets wounds to subside, which was suited for a team so affected. A two-month break due to the global health crisis has finally allowed enough time for the Jackets to heal most of their broken osteos, sprained ligaments and other ailments.
In fact, a renovation in mid to late July could even damage Columbus its full size.
“It’s a little weird, but probably every team has injured players, who end up, all of a sudden, being unable to play,” said Oliver Bjorkstrand, who returned to skating after surgery on March 3 to repair an ankle fracture. and high chocolate sprain. “That’s definitely a way to watch, but we’re just trying to be ready for something to happen.”
While waiting for a response, like everyone else in the NHL, the Jackets continue to heal. Here is an update of his progress:
Jones had surgery on Feb. 11 on his right ankle hoping to get ready for the final game or two of the season. It was a “strict” procedure to repair severe high sprains, which Jones suffered with a fractured bone while falling into the net on Feb. 8 in Columbus.
The interruption of the season meant that Jones did not have to worry about missing other games and allowed time for him to focus fully on the recovery process. Jones has skated for several weeks in his rehabilitation and is set to be ready once the NHL season kicks off. This is good news for the Blue Jackets, who probably missed Jones more than any other injured player.
Just 12 days after Jones fell, Bjorkstrand was sidelined from a similar injury when he sank his first feet on the sidelines late Feb. 20 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
He fractured his ankle and suffered a high chest blow, as did Jones, and underwent the same surgical procedure about two weeks later. Bjorkstrand is back on the ice for the rehabilitation session and is expected to play once the season resumes.
This was also another high ankle sprain, but Atkinson did not have surgery. He missed two long stretches after the injury happened in December, and time was the biggest factor in the healing process. The amount was allocated by the break, so Atkinson should also be ready once the season kicks in.
This is the player who might not be ready in time. After missing 38 games, Anderson had surgery on March 2 to repair a broken labrum. The estimated recovery time was four to six months, which would be as soon as it is ready in the first week of July.
The shoulders, however, are often hard to rehabilitate and require more time. Don’t be surprised if the season resumes without Anderson on the line.
Texier was placed on reserve injured Jan. 1 with a lumbar stress fracture, which kept him out of ice and out of training for two months. The Jackets have taken a cautious approach with the injured rookie for good reason, but he has more than four months of his recovery and are back on the ice for rehabilitation work.
Texier, 20, is also set to be ready when the season resumes.
Two days after Texier left the line, Kukan arrived with a knee injury on Jan. 2 in Boston. He tore his middle meniscus in his left knee and damaged his “articular cartilage,” which moved him away until the break (29 games). Kukan, who is now in Europe, is back in skating and hopes to be ready.
Gerbe’s speed was dropped significantly towards the end of February, and there was a good reason for it. He played for a hernia until finally joining the March 1 injury list. Gerbe missed four games before the break, including a three-game trip across western Canada, before battling for hernia repair not long after the season stopped.
He turned to the ice for rehab shoes and waited to be ready when he needed to.
Dubinsky remained long-term with a “chronic” lung injury that prevented him from playing a single game. He is not expected to play again this season.