Werenski (shoulder) has been given the green light to take contact after receiving a positive report from doctors Thursday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. It's apparent from this report that Werenski is making strides in his recovery. The Blue Jackets' eighth overall draft pick (2015) experienced a 10-point drop in his point total compared to his Calder Trophy-contending rookie campaign in 2016-18, plus his power-play total dropped from 21 to 10 points, but Werenski should continue seeing a heavy amount of playing time after averaging 22:35 in 2017-18. His deft passing skills and the ability to graciously weave through traffic are just a few of the traits that make Werenski special.
Werenski (shoulder) will meet with his doctors Thursday to determine when he can return to the lineup, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports. Werenski also voiced his desire to suit up in a preseason contest in order to get himself ready for the upcoming campaign. Until he gets the all-clear, the blueliner will continue practicing in a limited capacity.
Werenski (shoulder) won't participate in contact drills at the start of training camp, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. Initial reports indicated that Werenski would skip the early preseason contests, while this latest news suggests the blueliner may not suit up at all before the start of the 2018-19 campaign. At this point, there are no indications the Michigan native won't be ready for Opening Night against Detroit, although fantasy owners may want to closely monitor the situation.
Werenski (shoulder) won't play in the Blue Jackets' early preseason games, Tom Reed of The Athletic reports. Werenski, who's still working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, was already considered iffy for Columbus' Oct. 4 season opener against Detroit, so this news doesn't come as much of a surprise. However, it's encouraging to hear from coach John Tortorella that the blueliner's only been ruled out of the Blue Jackets' early preseason matches at this point, because if he's able to appear in a few exhibition contests before the preseason comes to a close, his chances of suiting up against the Red Wings will improve dramatically. More updates on Werenski's status should be made available as his recovery continues to progress in the coming weeks.
Werenski (shoulder) is not a lock to play in the Oct. 4 season opener against the Red Wings, The Columbus Dispatch reports. With training camp less than two weeks away for the Blue Jackets, plenty of attention is on Werenski's status following shoulder surgery, as performed May 3. One of the league's brightest young stars, the left-shooting rearguard accumulated 16 goals and 21 assists over 77 games in 2017-18. The Metropolitan Division club has the luxury of paying him only $925,000 this season for the final year of his entry-level contract.
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