The Columbus Blue Jackets received some brutal news today. Defenseman Zach Werenski is done for the season with a separated shoulder and torn labrum.
Werenski, 25, had 8 points (3g, 5a) in 13 games played this season. He has an AVV of $9,583,333 and it will be interesting to see what Blue Jackets management does with the LTIR money?
After Zach Werenski injury, does Columbus go in full tank nation mode?
The Blue Jackets are currently last place in the Eastern Conference with 8 points in 13 games. Do they go out and find a replacement through a trade or go in full tank nation mode and improve their odds in winning the NHL draft lottery 2023 to select Connor Bedard?
I say, they tank they season and see where they can end up in the draft lottery.
Werenski was drafted 8th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 1st round of the 2015 NHL entry draft. Currently over a career that spans 7 seasons, he has a total 245 points in 416 games played, and 13 playoffs points in 29 games played.
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