The Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs face off in the first of a two-game series. Wednesday, January 24th’s game was played in Toronto, but the Jets didn’t expect to lose yet another top player.
Winnipeg defenseman Josh Morrissey blocked a shot from Maple Leafs forward Matthew Knies earlier in the game. Morrissey would immediately leave the ice and go down the tunnel. The Winnipeg Jets PR would announce shortly after that Josh Morrissey would not return to the game.
This is a massive blow to the already injury-ridden Winnipeg Jets. The team is already without their top center Mark Scheifele, and top winger Gabriel Vilardi, and depth forward David Gustafsson. With these injuries, Jets fans are wondering if the teams’ general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will add a second-line center or a bonafide number-two defenseman.
Cheveldayoff likely adds a second-line center before a defenseman, unless the price is right for the latter. The Winnipeg Jets will look to rebound quickly from this mid-season injury bug as the playoff race picks up.
The Calgary, AB product currently has seven goals and 33 points in 45 games. Morrissey has played in 546 career NHL games, at 28 years old, he has tallied 63 goals, and 212 assists for 275 career NHL points. He was drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets at 13th overall.