Let’s hope the Columbus Blue Jackets get a good deal on travel expenses for their AHL prospects. The Blue Jackets continue to call on their AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, to fill roster holes created by an endless string of injuries. The latest Blue Jackets player to head to injured reserve is young defenseman John Moore, who has a shoulder injury and could miss up to three weeks. Dalton Prout was recalled from Springfield and had an injury scare of his own in Friday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks but returned to action Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche.
Moore’s injury leaves Fedor Tyutin as the only member of the Blue Jackets defense to have appeared in all 22 games this season. Fellow defensemen James Wisniewski and Nikita Nikitin remain sidelined, giving Prout, Tim Erixon and Cody Goloubef extended time in the NHL this season. Erixon, who came over from the New York Rangers in the Rick Nash trade, has been a solid addition to the team and has three assists this season while averaging 16 minutes per game. Moore has one assist this season, after scoring two goals and adding five assists in 67 games with the Blue Jackets last season. During the lockout, he had three goals and nine points for the Falcons and he continues to be regarded as one of the top prospects in the organization. Columbus selected him 21st overall in the 2009 draft and he was expected to have a breakout season for the Blue Jackets this year before being sidelined. Moore also battled a lower body injury earlier this season and ironically enough his 67 appearances led the Blue Jackets defense in games played last season.