Tuesday the Columbus Blue Jackets (2-2-0) announced that Matt Calvert would be placed on the temporary disabled list for approximately six weeks after a surgery he had Tuesday to fix an abdominal injury.
Calvert is a strong left wing and was a 5th round draft pick in 2008. He has been scoreless in the three games he has played in this year, but has managed 20 career goals and 19 assists in the 100 NHL games he has played in. That being said, he has been a valuable asset for the Blue Jackets and will be hard to replace.
After announcing that Calvert would be placed on the disabled list, the Blue Jackets announced that they would be bringing up Sean Collins from their AHL team.
Collins played in five games for the Blue Jackets last season and did not score in any of them. Will he be able to replace such a valuable player? Many aren’t so sure. Last year during the few games he appeared in, Collins was only able to record five blocked shots and three hits. The Blue Jackets are going to need someone stronger if they want to continue on as a strong team this season.
To ensure the Collins will be strong enough to replace Calvert, the Blue Jackets coaches need to work on his speed and aggressiveness. They need to find someone that can score when they need to.
That being said, the Blue Jackets begin their three game road trip with a faceoff against the Detroit Red Wings (4-2-0) tonight at 8pm, and should have all of their key players except Calvert present. They will face some tough competition from the Red Wings who have had a killer Power Play this season.
The team is hoping that the left wing Blake Comeau will be able to play tonight after he suffered a laceration on his ankle during practice on Saturday. But, according to head coach Todd Richards, the team is ready to have Collins and Ryan Craig step in.
Only time will tell if the team will be able to remain successful without Matt Calvert.