By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
Zach Bogosian will be out “longer than day-to-day” with a lower-body injury according to Jets’ head coach Claude Noel, an injury that paves the way for the Jets’ other Zach to make his first appearance of the season for the team.
Zach Redmond, in fact, hasn’t played a regular season game for the Winnipeg-based club since having his femoral artery sliced by the skate of former Jet Antti Miettinen back in February of this year.
It has been a long-road from ruin to recovery for Redmond but the 25-yard old is ready to get back on the ice and back in the NHL.
“It is just going to be fun to play,” said Redmond. “Playing in a game is going to be great. I am really happy to be playing and wherever they need me and whenever they need me, I will be ready for them.”
Noel is happy to have Redmond back in the lineup.
“Zach has come a long way… We look forward to getting him back in the game again,” said Noel. “Last year he came up and had that big injury and really came back well from it.
“He is a real good teammate, a popular guy and to see him to get back and going again after that type of injury is pretty remarkable.”
Noel likes a lot of things about Redmond’s game.
“He is a pretty smart player,” Noel said. “He sees and reads the game well, what he lacks is just in game experience but he has done well for us here last year. He is a smart player, moves the puck well, gives you some power play time…he is intelligent in how he thinks the game.”
Meanwhile, Bogosian will not travel with the team when it leaves Saturday afternoon for Minneapolis and will be re-assessed later in the day.
Noel says there will be ample opportunity for guys to pick up the minutes that Bogosian plays on a nightly basis.
“We are going to have to try to see who is going to take those minutes from Bogosian,” said Noel. “He is a 25-minute player so whose is that going to be…we will see how the game plays out.”
Scott’s Scribbles: Mark Stuart practiced again with the team on Saturday and is available for contact drills…Jacob Trouba made his return to Jets practice after being out for the better part of the past month with a neck injury. Trouba was wearing an orange non-contact jersey…Claude Noel wouldn’t commit to starting Al Montoya in one of the Jets’ back-to-back games saying he “will see how it goes.”