Blue Jackets’ LW Anderson out four weeks

Josh Anderson will miss time for the Blue Jackets.

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Josh Anderson is undergoing surgery Friday afternoon to repair a small orbital fracture and is expected to be sidelined approximately four weeks, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The surgery is being performed at OhioHealth’s Grant Medical Center by Dr. Ken Cahill of Ophthalmic Surgeons and Consultants of Ohio.

Anderson, 21, suffered the injury in the Blue Jackets’ preseason game vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins on September 21. He collected an assist and two penalty minutes in six games with Columbus during his first professional season in 2014-15. He added seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points with 76 penalty minutes in 52 games with the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons.

The club’s fourth pick, 95th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, Anderson played three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights from 2011-14. He registered 62-61-123, 192 penalty minutes and was +58 in 191 career OHL games, including a career-high 27-25-52 in 59 games in 2013-14.

The Blue Jackets visit the Buffalo Sabres tonight in their final preseason road contest. Game time from First Niagara Center is 7 p.m. ET. Columbus, which is 3-2-1 so far in the preseason, wraps up the schedule on Saturday at home against the Nashville Predators. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. The club opens its 15th NHL season at Nationwide Arena against the New York Rangers on Friday, October 9.