Blue Jackets’ Adam Fantilli out 8 weeks with lacerated calf muscle

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Adam Fantilli is out eight weeks with a lacerated calf muscle, the team announced Wednesday. The No. 3 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft suffered the injury last Sunday against the Seattle Kraken.

Fantilli sustained the injury when a skate blade cut his left leg after a hit on Kraken forward Jared McCann during the second period. He hopped off the ice toward the dressing room, not putting any pressure on his left leg. It could’ve been a much worse injury if Fantilli weren’t wearing cut-resistant socks. The Blue Jackets lost 4-2 to the Kraken.

Through 49 games played, Fantilli has 12 goals and 15 assists. Among NHL rookies, Fantilli is tied for third in goals and fourth in points (27). The 19-year-old was named the Hobey Baker Award winner in 2022-23, signifying the top player in NCAA men’s hockey. As a freshman center at Michigan, Fantilli led the NCAA in scoring last season with 65 points (30 goals, 35 assists).

The Blue Jackets are eighth in the Metropolitan Division with a 16-24-10 record.

This story will be updated.

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