On Friday, Columbus announced that forward Josh Anderson would undergo surgery to repair a fracture orbital bone and be sidelined for approximately four weeks.
Anderson, 21, suffered the injury during a preseason scrap with Pittsburgh’s Steve Oleksy. He was subsequently held out of team practices with blurred vision, a significant setback to his chances of making the team.
The former OHL London standout has prototypical power forward size — 6-foot-3, 220 pounds — and was in line for a potential roster spot in Columbus this year.
He spent most of last season in the American League, scoring 17 points in 52 games, but played well enough to earn his NHL debut and appear in six games for the Jackets, notching one point.