The Columbus Blue Jackets received more bad news on Sunday night.
The Ohio club lost the services of freshman forward Adam Fantilli. During the second period of the 4-2 loss to the Kraken in Seattle, the third player selected in the last National Hockey League (NHL) draft injured his lower body while trying to contain forward Jared McCann.
The young man was unable to put any weight on his left leg as he walked to his team's bench, which doesn't bode well.
“I think his case for our next game is uncertain [mardi, contre les Blues à St. Louis]”But I don't have all the details yet,” said Blue Jackets head coach Pascal Vincent, whose comments were reported by the Bettman Circuit website.
A few hours before the game against the Kraken, Columbus announced that its forward Patrik Laine was taking advantage of the NHL and Players' Association player assistance program. The club therefore does not know when its sniper will play again. The Blue Jackets are in last place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 15-24-10.
When he returned to Fantilli, the 19-year-old scored twelve times and provided 15 assists for 27 points in 49 games. He ranks fourth in the NHL scoring list among first-year players, behind Minnesota Wild's Marco Rossi (28 points) and Brock Faber (29 points) and Chicago Blackhawks prodigy Connor Bedard (33 points).