Winnipeg Jets Matt Hendricks Out With A Lower Body Injury

Matt Hendricks
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 04: Winnipeg Jets Left Wing Matt Hendricks (15) skates after a loose puck during a game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on March 4, 2018. Winnipeg defeated Carolina 3-2. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Winnipeg Jets announced that veteran forward Matt Hendricks is sidelined for six-to-eight weeks with a lower-body injury.

Winnipeg Jets Forward Matt Hendricks Injured

Although it’s unconfirmed when the injury occurred, it may be due to the previous injury sustained in February. Hendricks has been plagued by injuries for the last few seasons. This one will see the American native miss the rest of this season and most of the playoffs.

Since signing with the Jets last summer, the 36-year-old has scored five goals and eight assists for 13 points. He also added 39 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 49.9 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -1.1.

Over his extensive nine-year NHL career Hendricks has played for the Colorado Avalanche, Washington CapitalsNashville PredatorsEdmonton Oilers and now the Winnipeg Jets. He has put up 54 goals and 59 assists for 113 career points in 581 career games. He was originally drafted in the 5th round, 131 overall of the 2000 NHL draft by the Nashville Predators.

What This Means for the Future.

Although not a huge contributor to the Jets, the bottom six forward wealth of experience and leadership will be missed. This loss of experience will be keenly felt currently as it adds to the already growing injury list. Losing Dmitry Kulikov and goalies Steve Mason and  Michael Hutchinson means a defensive deficit. The Jets will need to look to other players in their push to the playoffs, and rely on younger players such as Connor Hellebuyck to continue to provide all-star play between the pipes. Hopefully, with the return of Jacob Trouba will be a sign of better things to come.

The Jets surprised all by their performance this season, currently, only a few points behind the top of the Central Division. They will, however, need to work hard and be injury free to finish what they have started.

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