Anderson (shoulder) likely won't be ready for initial small-group training but could be cleared to play in August, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Depending on how the league's return-to-play plan moves forward, Anderson could see action in postseason play if the Jackets are still in action as late as August. Prior to getting hurt, the 25-year-old was stuck in a rut to open the 2019-20 campaign with just four points in 26 contests, well off his 2018-19 pace in which he set personal bests in goals (27) and assists (20). If Anderson suits up, it will likely be in a bottom-six role, though he could push his way up the lineup if he rediscovers his scoring touch.
Anderson underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Monday. Recovery is expected to take 4-to-6 months. Anderson hasn't played since mid-December, and now his disappointing 2019-20 campaign is all wrapped up. The 25-year-old winger recorded four points and a minus-8 rating in 26 games. Fortunately, his recovery timeline puts him on track to be ready for training camp ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Anderson is likely done for the season and could need surgery to repair his shoulder injury, per Darren Dreger of TSN. Considering Anderson has missed the last 33 games due to his shoulder issue, the prospect of him being sidelined the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign shouldn't come as a shock. The winger's name was circulated in trade rumors at the deadline but it seems his health played a significant factor in keeping him in Columbus. The 25-year-old will be a restricted free agent this offseason, a negotiation that will no doubt be complicated by his lack of playing time.
Anderson (shoulder) isn't in the projected lineup for Friday's matchup with Detroit, NHL.com's Craig Merz reports. Anderson returned to practice with his teammates over a week ago, so he's definitely closing in on a return, but the Blue Jackets have yet to release any details in terms of an expected date for his return. Once healthy, the 25-year-old should slot into a top-six role and a spot on one of Columbus' power-play units despite his lackluster start to the campaign.
Anderson (shoulder) won't play Tuesday against Florida, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports. Anderson returned to practice for the first time since suffering his shoulder injury Thursday, so he should be ready to rejoin the lineup sooner rather than later, but he'll have to wait for Friday's matchup with Detroit for his next opportunity to do so. The 25-year-old has had a highly disappointing injury-riddled campaign thus far in 2019-20, having notched just four points through 26 contests.
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