Winnipeg’s blueline was dealt another blow on Thursday, as the club announced Tobias Enstrom would miss the next 2-3 weeks following surgery to correct a lower-body injury.
Enstrom played just 1:22 in a loss to Tampa Bay over the weekend, then missed Tuesday’s 5-2 win against Dallas.
The 32-year-old plays a big role for the Jets — averaging 22:19 TOI through 55 games this year — so the loss will hurt. And it hurts even more given the club won’t have rearguard Tyler Myers for the foreseeable future. Myers, who hasn’t played since Nov. 11, is out 6-8 weeks after also undergoing surgery for a lower-body ailment.
With those two out, Jets head coach Paul Maurice iced a defense of Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba, Josh Morrissey, Paul Postma, Ben Chiarot and Mark Stuart in the win over the Stars. Byfuglien and Trouba were the heavy lifters — receiving 24:21 and 26:01 of ice time, respectively — and there’s a good chance that trend will continue with Enstrom on the shelf.
If Enstrom is out two weeks, that puts his return at March 2 — meaning he’d miss the next five games. If the recovery goes three weeks, Enstrom could miss as many as nine games.
Winnipeg heads into tonight’s action sitting five points back of Calgary for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.