At long last, some positive injury news.
The Blue Jackets initially expected to be without Alexander Wennberg until late January or possibly early February. He was given a 4-to-6 week recovery period after suffering a back injury on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, but began skating on his own in the last week or so.
After rejoining practice in a full-fledged capacity today in Buffalo, he was deemed fit to play. The Blue Jackets activated Wennberg off injured reserve on Wednesday after missing only eight games with the injury. It's been a speedy recovery, but on the other hand, you want it to be a full one.
Wennberg figures to slot right back in at center where the Blue Jackets desperately need help. He wasn't playing his best hockey before the injury, but had shown signs of life in a handful of games prior. In 30 games, Wennberg had four goals and 12 assists, a far cry from his 60-point pace a season ago but he appeared to be trending in the right direction.
Make no mistake: whether he's been playing well or not, Wennberg's presence in the lineup is sorely missed. He's a playmaker and a big part of their power play, and having an additional body down the middle is a bonus for coach John Tortorella.