Ryan Murray Out Four to Six Weeks

USATSI_9921776_154158418_lowresColumbus Blue Jackets defenceman Ryan Murray will miss four to six weeks with a broken hand, the team announced Monday.

The blueliner broke his hand when he blocked a shot from Buffalo’s Tyler Ennis on Saturday.

Murray had surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

The 23-year-old has 11 points in 60 games this season, including two goals and nine assists. He has one short-handed point and one power play point, averaging 18:21 of ice time per game.

The Blue Jackets will have to make some adjustments in Murray’s absence, as the Regina native brings sure stability to the defensive core. Injuries have plagued him throughout his career, but he was one of just three Columbus players to skate in all 82 games last season.

Murray was drafted by the Blue Jackets second overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and he’s been putting together a considerable career in Ohio thus far. In 220 games with Columbus, he has 60 points and is a minus-2 overall. His best season to date was 2015-2016, when he posted 25 points in 82 games and tallied 11 points on the man-advantage.

The injury to Murray took place at 3:02 of the first period on Saturday, with the Blue Jackets on the penalty kill. He was plugged by the Ennis shot and finished his shift, but didn’t return to the game.

Murray has tumbled somewhat on the depth chart after the stellar play of rookie Zack Werenski saw a changing of the proverbial guard. With Seth Jones and Werenski on the top pairing and Jack Johnson and David Savard as the second pair, Murray may be the odd one out when he returns from injury.

His ice time has been down this season, too.

It’s expected that Kyle Quincey, acquired by Columbus at the trade deadline, will take on some of Murray’s penalty killing duties for the next while.

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