Debut delayed: Saad to miss Jackets’ split-squad games

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Columbus fans will have to wait to see Brandon Saad in a Blue Jackets uniform.

Saad, who on Monday took a puck to the mouth that required “some work,” is being held out of tonight’s split-squad games against St. Louis, per the Dispatch.

Acquired in a monster seven-player trade this summer, Saad was supposed to be in the CBJ lineup this evening after sitting out last night’s 1-0 exhibition loss to the Penguins. While the injury isn’t believed to be serious, it will delay Saad’s team debut until at least Thursday, when the Jackets take on the Wild in their third preseason game.

In training camp, Saad was skating on the club’s top line with center Ryan Johansen and team captain Nick Foligno.