Bjorkstrand (ankle) will be ready to play once the NHL kicks off the 24-team playoff, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports. Bjorkstrand was on a six-game point streak prior to getting hurt in late February in which he notched four goals and three helpers. The winger has struggled with injuries this season and was limited to just 49 regular-season appearances but still managed to reach the 20-goal mark for the second consecutive year. The Jackets are set to clash with the Maple Leafs in a best-of-five play-in series, where Bjorkstrand could find himself logging big minutes in a top-six role.
Bjorkstrand (ankle) hasn't begun skating yet but could get back on the ice soon, according to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports. While Kekalainen painted a rosier picture, Bjorkstrand was reportedly set to start skating over a week ago. Still, with the league on hiatus through at least April 30, there really isn't any reason to rush the winger back onto the ice. Prior to getting hurt, the Dane was having a career year with 36 points in just 49 outings and likely would have set new personal bests in both goals and points. Looking beyond 2019-20, the 24-year-old could push for a consistent top-six role heading into next season.
Coach John Tortorella said Wednesday that Bjorkstrand (ankle) may be ready to resume skating soon, Rob Mixer of 1stOhioBattery.com reports. Bjorkstrand was projected to miss the rest of the regular season after undergoing ankle surgery March 3, but the NHL's ongoing suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic may provide the winger with enough time to get healthy by the time the league resumes play. At the time he underwent surgery, Bjorkstrand was projected to miss 8-to-10 weeks, so he should be back to full health by no later than mid-May. Prior to sustaining the injury, the 25-year-old posted 21 goals and 15 assists in 49 games.
Bjorkstrand (ankle) could be ready to rejoin the Blue Jackets' lineup once the NHL schedule resumes, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports. The winger underwent ankle surgery Mar. 3 and was given an 8-to-10 week recovery estimate, which would have cost him the rest of the regular season and potentially a round or two of the playoffs. With the league shut down, however, Bjorkstrand figures to get enough time to heal up and be ready to rejoin his teammates when action resumes. The 24-year-old was having a career-best season when he got hurt, scoring 21 goals and 36 points through 49 games.
Bjorkstrand had surgery Monday to repair his fractured ankle and will miss 8-to-10 weeks. The Blue Jackets would need to make a deep playoff run in order for Bjorkstrand to get back into the lineup, possibly as far as the Stanley Cup Finals. Prior to getting hurt, the Dane was riding a six-game point streak, during which he racked up four goals and three helpers. Despite the injuries this season, the winger put together a second straight 20-goal campaign and will miss the 40-point mark by just four tallies.
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