The hit that temporarily forced Kyle Connor from Sunday’s game — and the one that earned Kyle Clifford a five-minute boarding major — has now forced Connor out of action indefinitely.
On Monday, the Jets announced their prized rookie had been placed on injured reserve, with Chase De Leo getting the recall from AHL Manitoba.
Connor, the former University of Michigan star taken 17th overall in 2015, had four points through 16 games this year while averaging 13:31 TOI per night.
He took the Clifford hit early in Sunday’s tilt against L.A., exited for a while, but returned in the second period to finish with just under six minutes of ice time.
Clifford, as mentioned, was given a major on the play but did stay in the contest. He later fought Jets tough guy Chris Thorburn.
Per an NHL spokesman, Clifford isn’t scheduled to face any disciplinary hearing for the Connor hit.