Depth will be tested without Calvert

Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 3:45 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com



DETROIT -- If it wasn't for bad luck with injuries, Matt Calvert would have no luck.

The 24-year-old spark plug winger for the Blue Jackets has had a tough time staying in the lineup recently, and after missing time during training camp with a lower-body injury, he was dealt another blow this week.

A nagging abdominal injury (which may have slowed him during camp) required surgery, and Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia performed the procedure on Tuesday morning.

A recovery period of approximately six weeks is on deck for Calvert, who has become an integral piece of the Blue Jackets' present and future. Their heavy forechecking game is right up his alley, and before a hand injury ended his season in April of last year, Calvert was the poster child for Columbus' aggressive style of play.

Following surgery on Tuesday, the Blue Jackets must play without one of their best forecheckers but they'll look to other players to fill the void.

"He has to play that way," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen told BlueJackets.com. "He's not the most skilled player on our team but his physicality and tenacity...that's what makes him an effective player. We certainly have a lot of respect for the way he plays the game."

In his absence, the Blue Jackets' depth will be tested. They made two recalls this week from Springfield (AHL) in Falcons captain Ryan Craig and a solid two-way player in Sean Collins, both of whom have NHL experience. Todd Richards and the rest of the hockey operations staff have expressed their confidence in both players' ability to step in and contribute if called upon, and they may be needed as early as tonight in Detroit.

Moving forward, could this present an opportunity for Boone Jenner to solidify himself as an NHL player?

Kekalainen had this to say: “I’d answer that in a general sense, and say that every time you have an injury it’s an opportunity for someone else.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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