The Columbus Blue Jackets haven’t been very good during the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season, especially after the departure of superstar Rick Nash. However, things aren’t going to get any better for Columbus anytime soon as right wing Cam Atkinson was placed on injured reserve with a leg injury he suffered during training camp that just won’t go away. It keeps bothering him, so the Blue Jackets decided to give him at least a week (and probably two if Columbus head coach Todd Richards‘ hunch is correct) to recover. In short, the Blue Jackets just can’t catch a break.
Atkinson has one goal in three games this season, which is pretty reminiscent of the Blue Jackets’ campaign thus far. They’re 1-3-1 through four contests with only three points, which puts them dead last in the Western Conference’s Central Division. They have a very deep hole to dig out of as well because the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues are nine and seven points ahead of Columbus, respectively.
Like his Blue Jackets teammates, Atkinson wasn’t putting up a ton of points before being placed on IR, so the team is hopeful that he can provide a spark to this struggling squad once he returns. Columbus would be wise to keep him out the full two weeks, if not longer, to just make absolutely sure that he’s 100 percent before coming back because if he’s not, he could spoil their season entirely before it really even gets started.