Since signing with the New York Rangers this summer as a free agent, forward Josh Jooris has managed to record a goal and three shots in his first five games of the season.
Now, though, it has been confirmed that he’ll be missing a significant chunk of time.
It was reported on Thursday morning, via the New York Rangers official team Twitter account, that Jooris will be out for the next three to four weeks with a separated shoulder. This puts his return around the end of November, holding him out of anywhere from 11 to 17 games of the regular season.
Undrafted out of the ECAC’s Union College, the 26-year-old Burlington, Ontario native spent his entire career up to this season within the Calgary Flames’ system. He’s put up a collective 17 goals and 38 points through 124 regular season games in the process, holding court as a jack-of-all-trades within Calgary’s offense before being permitted to walk this summer.
For New York, this is simply a loss of supplementary scoring – and as a team with a hot start to the year, that’s not as bad as it could be. For Jooris, though, this is a one year deal that he likely hopes will turn into something bigger – so missing such a big chunk of the season, especially early on (when he could be solidifying himself in the lineup), that’s less than ideal.
The Rangers are coming off of a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins from Wednesday night.