Blue Jackets rookie Adam Fantilli to miss eight weeks with calf laceration

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without star Adam Fantilli for two months after suffering a cut on his left leg in Sunday’s game against the Seattle Kraken. On Wednesday, the Blue Jackets announced that Fantilli would miss eight weeks with a calf laceration.

During the second period of the game at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Fantilli went down the tunnel after a collision with Kraken forward Jared McCann. On the replay, it is clear that the players’ feet are involved in a blow, and McCann’s left skate blade catches the back of Fantilli’s left leg.

Fantilli was able to skate off the ice under his own power, but had a clear bump all the way down the tunnel.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, Fantilli has given Blue Jackets fans plenty to be excited about through 49 goals. His 12 goals are tied for third among rookies, and he is fourth in points with 27.

This injury will stunt Fantilli’s development, and it will be interesting to see how the Blue Jackets handle him down the stretch. Assuming the eight-week timeline holds, Columbus will have just 10 games left when Fantilli returns on March 27. If that is the case, would the team consider shutting him down for the season?

The Blue Jackets roster was already without one of its biggest stars after Patrik Laine he entered the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program on Monday. Laine will be out indefinitely as he deals with mental health issues.

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