The Columbus Blue Jackets won’t be seeing much of Kole Sherwood for a while, as they’ve moved him to injured reserve with an oblique tear. The injury is expected to keep him out for four to six weeks. Markus Hannikainen has been recalled in his place.
Sherwood, 22, may be best known to hockey fans outside of Columbus as the kid who got punched by Milan Lucic earlier this month, but to the organization he’s much more than that. The Sherwood family—along with older brother Kiefer, who is in the Anaheim Ducks organization—is hockey royalty in Ohio, born, raised and trained in the state. Both brothers played for the Ohio Blue Jackets minor program and suited up for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL.
The Columbus prospect went undrafted, but still signed an entry-level contract with the team in 2015 and has worked all the way up to the NHL. Unfortunately after just three games and no points this season, he’ll have to watch from the sidelines as he rehabs the oblique injury.