Nyquist out 5-6 months for Blue Jackets following shoulder surgery

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Gustav Nyquist is expected to miss the start of the season for the Columbus Blue Jackets after having surgery to repair a labral tear in his left shoulder on Tuesday.

The expected recovery time is 5-6 months, meaning Nyquist would likely be out at least three months if the NHL season starts as planned on Jan. 1, 2021.

“This was a chronic issue that Gus has been dealing with for a number of seasons,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “He has been able to perform at a high level, but a cyst in the area developed over time that has inhibited his ability to continue to do so. As a result, surgery was the best course of action and we look forward to having him back at full strength this season.”

Nyquist scored 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists) in 70 games with the Blue Jackets last season after signing a four-year contract with them on July 1, 2019. He had two assists in 10 postseason games.

Selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth round (No. 121) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Nyquist has scored 348 points (146 goals, 202 assists) in 570 regular-season games with the Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and Blue Jackets, and 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 65 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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