The Columbus Blue Jackets have taken a blow after their 2015 first round pick, Zach Werenski, will be sidelined for the rest of the playoffs with a facial fracture after taking a puck to the face in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs' first round.
Werenski left during the second period after he took a puck to the face. He briefly came back during the third, but couldn't come back for the overtime period. The reason why? He basically couldn't see out of his right eye. With only 6:46 minutes left in the second period, Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel shot the puck too high and hit Werenski in the face. Shortly after Bryan Rust scored the equalizer. Have a look at what happened:
Captain Nick Foligno has gotten interviewed about the incident and stated:
It makes you sick, just because you see him trying to come back out and his eye starts swelling up between the third and overtime and you know he wants to come back out, Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno told reporters. What guy comes back out in that situation? I said to him, ‘I'm proud to be your teammate. You're a kid that's really exemplified what we're trying to build here.' It's pretty impressive from a young guy. Lots of respect from around the room for that guy. Always has been.
Werenski proceeded to tweet this gruesome picture captioning it ''Playoff hockey...''
During the regular season, Werenski was on fire in his rookie year notching 47 points (11 goals, 36 assists) in 78 games.