Patrik Laine is sidelined for six weeks from the Columbus Blue Jackets due to a fractured clavicle. The forward sustained his injury after being tripped by Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman William Lagesson. Blue Jackets coach Pascal Vincent could not believe that such things were happening to Laine. It looked as if he had caught the rhythm, and that a great future was waiting for him, but unfortunately, sports brings stories like this.
"I'm so disappointed for him. He was playing such a good game yesterday. I saw Patrik playing better and better. He had the injury, got sick and now the injury. I just feel for him. Just unfortunate. … I feel bad for him."-Blue Jackets coach Pascal Vincent, as quoted by NHL!
Zach Werenski reacts to injuries
The Blue Jackets are missing several key players. Defenseman Zach Werenski, however, is optimistic and believes that there is quality within the team. If you want to do great things in the NHL, you must have a deep roster. This could be noticed from year to year.
"It [stinks] when they're big guys and guys that play a lot of minutes and guys that have been around for a long time, but that's the next-man-up mentality. It's kind of been that way since I've been here. I think we have a deep team and deep system in Cleveland (American Hockey League) for whoever is called up. But we're going to be OK."- Zach Werenski said.
Pascal Vincent expects the team to show their qualities in the next matches despite everything. This will be an opportunity for individuals to stand out and show that they deserve a place in the team.
"I believe there's ways to win hockey games even if you don't have certain players in your lineup and it goes back to structure and how hungry you are. We're building our culture here. We're building our mindset. We're building the team identity, and we're improving.”-Vincent said.