The Winnipeg Jets are still battling injuries, although they have a healthy active roster. There are four players on the Jets’ Injured Reserve list, as of Monday, January 6th.
Clitsome is the most recent addition to the Jets’ Injured Reserve, when the team placed him on the list on December 26th. Although the extent of Clitsome’s injury is still widely unknown, it is known to be a back ailment. The 24-year old blue-liner has yet to resume skating, and played his last game on December 17th against the Buffalo Sabres. At the time, Jet’s head coach Claude Noel commented that Clitsome “wasn’t feeling great”, when he was held out of the Jets’ lineup on December 20th. Clitsome has had a surprisingly productive year offensively, recording two goals and 10 assists in 32 games on a third-pairing role. Defensively, he has a +/- rating of -5.
Postma has been on Injured Reserve since late October, when it was discovered that he had a blood clot in his leg. Blood clots can be one of the most confusing injuries, and although Postma has skated several times since his diagnosis, he is still 2-3 weeks away from returning to the lineup. Postma will be re-evaluated mid-month to update his condition, and if the blood clot is significantly dissolved, he can return to practice. Postma has appeared in only 8 games this season, and hasn’t recorded a point. He has four shots on goal, an even +/- rating, and 6 PIMs.
Halischuk suffered a broken forearm in the Jets’ 6-4 loss to the Dallas Stars on December 14th, when he blocked a shot. He underwent successful surgery the next day, and was placed on the Injured Reserve one day after that, although it was retroactive to the 14th. Halischuk is in week 4 of an estimated 6-8 week recovery, which is common for the forearm fracture sustained, and surgery that took place. However, there has been no official word from the team on Halischuk’s condition, and he is still out ‘indefinitely’. Halischuk scored a goal before leaving the game against Dallas, bringing his point total up to 7 (3 G, 4 A) on the season, in 30 games. Halischuk was on the second line before his injury, but will likely be relegated to third-line duty when he returns, especially if the current second line of Evander Kane-Mark Scheifele-Michael Frolik continues their current production.
Slater has been out of the Jets’ rotation since mid-October, when it was first announced that he was day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. After nearly two weeks without an update, it was announced that Slater had undergone sports hernia surgery, and would be out ‘indefinitely’. Since the November 7th announcement, the Jets have not given an update on the 30-year old’s condition. Many sports hernia surgeries have a recovery time around 4-6 weeks, but with Slater going into week 9 since the announcement, his case is substantially atypical. Slater is most likely undergoing therapy, and if he has started light resistance training, his recovery can be pegged at 2-4 weeks until he returns to practice. Slater was the Jets’ fourth-line center before his absence, and has recorded 1 assist in eight games this season.
It is apparent that it is now too late to assign any of these players to the Long-Term Injured Reserve, which is one positive that Jets fans can take from the situation. However, with no defined timetable for any of the four players, Winnipeg could remain without their services for up to two months.
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