Blue Jackets’ Zach Werenski Sidelined for Remainder of Regular Season

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski in 2019
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski in 2019. Photo by Eric Canha/CSM/Shutterstock (10228456w)

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski is likely to be unavailable for the remainder of the regular season after suffering a separated shoulder and torn labrum.

Werenski suffered what was labeled an “upper-body injury” during the first period of his team’s 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. While the Blue Jackets were able to snap a five-game losing streak, this was also potentially Werenski’s final regular game of the season.

Prior to his injury, the star defenseman proved to be a dependable component of the Blue Jackets’ lineup, contributing three goals and eight points in 13 appearances. This sees him continuing his fine form from last season when he scored 48 points across 68 games.

Given his current performance stats, Werenski was expected to finish this regular season with a career-high 50 points had it not been for his injury setback. He is still tied for second on the Blue Jackets’ standings in terms of points and his 23 minutes, 25 seconds are the most on the team.