Training Camp Buzz: Domi to make preseason debut for Blue Jackets


Welcome to the 2021-22 NHL training camp buzz. With training camps open for all 32 teams and the regular season beginning Tuesday, has you covered with all the latest news.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Max Domi will make his preseason debut for the Blue Jackets against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

The forward, who had shoulder surgery June 3, took part in a full practice for the first time on Friday, but did not play in a 7-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Domi said he isn’t sure if he’ll be in the lineup for their regular-season opener against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

“I don’t know, we’ll see,” Domi told the Blue Jackets website. “I definitely had the first game circled on my calendar, but who wouldn’t? I think that’s something most people would say is unrealistic, but I don’t think anybody can make that call other than me. So that’s the goal and we’ll stick to it, and we’ll see what happens.”

Domi scored 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 54 games last season, his first with the Blue Jackets.


New Jersey Devils

Jack Hughes is expected to be ready for the season opener for the Devils.

The forward practiced Friday for a third straight day after not playing the final two preseason games because of an undisclosed injury.

“If this was a playoff game, he’d be the first guy on the ice,” coach Lindy Ruff said before the Devils’ final preseason game against the New York Islanders was canceled Thursday because of a power outage. “But the reason is, we asked ourselves why would we play him in one last game when we have a day off coming up, a good week of practice to make sure he’s 100 percent and not re-injured playing one game.”

Hughes was injured in a 2-1 overtime win against the New York Islanders on Oct. 2 when he was cross-checked by Ross Johnston.

“I’ll be good to go for the start of the season,” Hughes said. “… I feel better now.”

The Devils begin the season against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

Minnesota Wild

Matt Boldy will be out 4-6 weeks for the Wild because of a fractured left ankle.

The forward was injured in a 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Boldy, who was expected to compete for a roster spot, had no points in four preseason games. 

The No. 12 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, Boldy scored 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in his sophomore season at Boston College before signing an entry-level contract with the Wild on March 30. He scored 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 14 games for Iowa of the American Hockey League.

Minnesota opens the season at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

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