Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Markus Soberg will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia in his abdomen, according to the Columbus Post Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline. He’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks recovering.
Soberg struggled with the injury throughout his first season in North America last year, playing for the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL, and hoped that some time off the ice would have him feeling better. GM Jarmo Kekalainen told Portzline that Soberg missing summer development camp was in an effort to make sure that he was given the time to heal properly.
However, once he returned to training camp with the Spitfires, so returned the injury. Last season the 2013 6th round pick scored 13 goals and 17 assists in 61 games for Windsor.
He was expected to play for Columbus at the upcoming Traverse City Prospects Tournament and to get invited to Blue Jackets’ training camp, even though there was little expectation that he would be offered a spot on the team this year.
While he’s a prospect and not in the NHL, it’s another injury in a never-ending parade of them coming out of Columbus since this time last year.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.