Blue Jackets: Dalton Prout out six weeks after surgery
Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout underwent abdominal surgery yesterday and is expected to miss six weeks, including most if not all of the team’s exhibition games.
Prout, coming off a breakout season in which he excelled after being recalled by the Jackets in late February, was originally diagnosed with a muscle strain after experiencing soreness this summer. But a small tear was found.
“Our hope is that he will be ready by the start of the regular season,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement.
Prout, 23, played 28 games for the Jackets last season and had a plus-15 rating, second-best among NHL rookie defensemen. He scored one goal and had six assists with 25 penalty minutes and likely would have garnered consideration for the Calder Trophy had he played more games.
The Jackets also announced that all 82 regular-season games will be televised in high definition, including two on NBC Sports Network.
Games at Pittsburgh on Dec. 9 and at home against Detroit on March 25 will be carried nationally. The remainder will air on Fox Sports Ohio.
This season will be the first in which all 82 games will be televised. Eighty-one games were televised in 2011-12.