Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Off-Season Injury Notes (Sep 20)

The Columbus Blue Jackets are waiting to hear whether or not they will have defenseman Zach Werenski for the start of training camp this weekend, as the top prospect is dealing with a lower-body injury, which he has suffered through the team's rookie camp.  The 19-year old cut his NCAA career short to make the jump and he is currently projected for 20 points, which would be a bottom-end pool worthy projection, trying to jump on some rookie points, if that comes up as the mini-game.

Currently, he's day-to-day with the injury and the Jackets are waiting on further assessments.

On Tuesday morning, Teemu Pulkkinen of the Red Wings had come out and said that he is ready to go from his shoulder surgery, aiming to be in camp when it starts on the weekend and be in the lineup for some preseason action.  Pulkkinen has been projected at 10 points for the season, but that was under the assumption that he may not have been ready for the start of the regular season, but if his health is indeed back at a reasonable level, he will have a decent shot at competing for a job.

The 24-year old Finn will be on the list as day-to-day, until he features in a preseason game and I would be very hesitant to bump up his projections until he plays a regular shift and the coaching staff has some glowing remarks about his game.
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