Winnipeg Jets forward Matt Halischuk underwent surgery on Sunday Morning to repair a broken arm suffered the day before in the team’s 6-4 loss to the Dallas Stars. He will be out indefinitely.
Halischuk was struck in the arm by a shot during the first period, left the game shortly after, and did not return. Less than 5 minutes before the injury, Halischuk tied the game with his third goal of the year.
Halischuk, 25, has appeared in 30 games in his first season with the Jets, scoring 7 points and adding 4 penalty minutes. The former fourth-round draft pick was starting to heat up, playing on the Jets’ third line with Michael Frolik and Mark Scheifele. The trio had combined for 5 points in their last 3 games, and were generating quality chances after being part of the Jets’ power-play, which has scored four times in the last three games.
Halischuk’s injury will likely see rookie John Albert stick around with the Jets a little longer. Albert has been playing with Winnipeg for the last 6 games after Evander Kane‘s injury, and with Kane slated to be back for the Jets’ trip to Columbus on Monday, Albert could slide in to Halischuk’s position. Eric Tangradi, whom the Jets sent back to the AHL’s St. John’s Ice Caps recently, could make his way back to Winnipeg to fill the void as well.
UPDATE (12/16/13): Halischuk has been placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to Saturday.