Today, the Winnipeg Jets announced that Zach Bogosian underwent successful surgery on his right wrist to repair a torn ligament. If you were planning on drafting Bogosian in your fantasy league, or hoping he would help lead your Jets squad to the playoffs this season, you may be disappointed. Following the surgery, which was first announced by the Jets yesterday, Bogosian will require 4-6 months off to heal and rehabilitate.
“This wrist has been an issue which has troubled him for the past couple of seasons dating back to his time in Atlanta and forced him to miss games with the Jets last season,” Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said. “After resuming his on-ice training earlier this month, the wrist problem flared up again to the point surgery was deemed the best option.”
A third overall draft pick in 2008 by the Thrashers, Bogosian had a tremendous campaign in 2011-12 with the Jets. In 65 games played, he picked up 5 goals and 25 assists for 30 points. The 25 assists and 30 points were both career highs for the 22-year-old defenseman.
Bogosian was a top-four defenseman for the Jets, typically seeing between 20-25 minutes of ice time per game. His stock has been climbing with each passing season, and should continue to rise once he recovers from surgery. Until then, however, the Jets will rely on Tobias Enstrom, Dustin Byfuglien, and Ron Hainsey.
From a fantasy perspective, you’re losing out on a solid defenseman who was primed to have another great season. He’ll be out until at least January, so don’t waste a draft pick on him – but keep him in mind for an injured reserve spot if you have one. Consider Tobias Enstrom as a replacement, however, as will help to eat up some of those minutes for the Jets. Enstrom will see considerable power-play time, in addition to even strength work.