The Columbus Blue Jackets lost a strong, young player for the foreseeable future today when it was announced that Matt Calvert would be undergoing abdominal surgery. While a timeline for his absence won’t be available until after the procedure, he isn’t expected to return any time soon. From the Columbus Dispatch:
Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert will have abdominal surgery on Tuesday in Philadelphia, and will likely miss an extended amount of playing time. Calvert was placed on injured reserve today by the club.
Dr. William Meyers, who repaired Jackets forwards Marian Gaborik and Jared Boll this summer, and who has performed surgery on some of the sporting world’s biggest names, will serve as Calvert’s surgeon.
While Calvert hadn’t scored a point through three games this season, he was averaging more than 15 minutes of ice time while skating in a bottom-six role the the Blue Jackets.
Depth is always important down the stretch, and Calvert was expected to be a player that could step up after he scored 16 points in 42 games last season. The 23 year-old was selected in the fifth round by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008 and had been bouncing between the AHL and the NHL until last season, when he finally solidified a roster spot.