A Winnipeg Jets team that is still valiantly fighting for a playoff spot suffered a huge blow this week when they found out defenseman Zach Bogosian will be out at least a week with a concussion. A hit from Kyle Okposo took Bogosian out of Saturday’s shootout loss to the New York Islanders, and his loss will be a huge blow to the team as he was on a scoring tear before the injury. The loss to the Islanders snapped a five-game winning streak for the Jets, and they must now regroup heading into the final three games of the season.
Bogosian managed to score a goal before the hit from Okposo, giving him two goals and seven points in the last five games. While Andrew Ladd got a lot of attention for a big week up front, Bogosian’s sudden scoring output was just as big of a boost to the Jets. The young defenseman has managed only five goals and 14 points in 33 games this season, meaning half of his offense for the season came in the past five games. While his five goals match his totals from the last two (full) seasons, his assist total is way down from previous seasons. That being said, the Jets will miss Bogosian for much more than his contribution on the offensive end of the ice – he also logs some big minutes on the back end. Only Dustin Byfuglien and Ron Hainsey see similar amounts of ice time for the Jets, and in Bogosian’s absence the Jets will look to Derek Meech, Paul Postma, Grant Clitsome and Mark Stuart to make an impact.