COLUMBUS | Zach Werenski had his right shoulder in a splint. He had just answered questions from a member of the Blue Jackets web team when he took a few more minutes to chat about David Savard, but also Cole Caufield.
Werenski, another alumnus of the U.S. U18 program, trains in the summer in the Detroit area with the small left winger of the Montreal Canadiens.
Even though he's not wearing the same color of jersey in the NHL, the 25-year-old defenseman is one of Caufield's admirers.
“I'm a big fan,” he says with a smile. I loved watching him on the ice this summer. The net is not missing. He scores from virtually every angle. It's a machine. »
« He is lucky to play with a good cross in Nick Suzuki. The two form a very dynamic duo for the Canadian. But I can tell you something, I will never understand where this power comes from for a player of his size. It is simply amazing. I have rarely seen a player draw as quickly as him. »
Werenski ventured into the prediction game with the number 22.
“He can score 40 goals this year. He has the talent to reach this plateau despite his young age.
Victim of a separated shoulder and a torn labrum, Werenski will not play again this season for the Blue Jackets. He was injured on November 10 after contact with Travis Konecny of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Blue Jackets have nothing of a lucky team since the beginning of the year. For CH's visit to Columbus, the Jackets will find themselves with several players in the infirmary. In addition to Werenski, Patrik Laine, Jakub Voracek, Justin Danforth, Adam Boqvist and Nick Blankenburg are also on the injured list.
In the last game against the Flyers, a 5-4 victory in overtime, the Blue Jackets lost two more soldiers with injuries to goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins and defender Jake Bean.
The Jackets recalled goalkeeper Daniil Tarasov on the eve of the game against CH.