One player’s misfortune is another’s opportunity.
Such is the case for Jets defenceman Zach Redmond who was recalled from St. John’s Sunday to help out a Winnipeg team battered and bruised on the blue line.
Jacob Trouba (neck strain), Mark Stuart (lower-body), and Paul Postma (blood clot in leg) are all out of the Jets lineup with injuries, with the most recent injury to Postma creating enough room on the roster for Redmond.
“I talked to him [Postma] a little bit about it and obviously we went through different things but a lot of it was very similar in the way that it was kind of devastating news,” said Redmond, who’s developed a close friendship with his defensive counterpart.
“He’s out awhile but just knowing the kind of guy he is and the kind of character he has, he’ll bounce back.”
Battling the injuries
In the meantime, Redmond will begin his journey to solidifying a permanent spot on the Jets back end, which so far, has been an uphill battle due to injuries over the past year.
Redmond’s string of bad luck began last season when he suffered a life-threatening injury while practising with the team in Raleigh, N.C. for a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
'It’s been a journey the last year. It definitely gets old and sometimes you wonder when you’re going to catch a break but here I am so, I guess I caught it.'- Zach Redmond
Redmond lost his footing during a drill, which resulted in a teammate accidentally skating over his thigh, cutting the femoral artery and vein in the back of his leg. He was rushed to hospital and later ruled out for the remainder of the season. His most recent injury: a banged up knee.
“It’s been a journey the last year,” said Redmond. “It definitely gets old and sometimes you wonder when you’re going to catch a break but here I am so, I guess I caught it.”
In two games with the St. John’s Ice Caps this season, Redmond has collected a goal and chipped in an assist while playing both power play and penalty kill.
“They said they were going to ease me in to it,” said Redmond of his time in St. John’s. “I think I got one shift off at the beginning and then it was full bore but I prefer it that way. The more ice you get, the better you feel. For me, that was great to jump right back into it.”
His next leap will be to make it in to the Jets lineup. Head coach Claude Noel said Monday that Redmond will have to practice with the team prior to any game action but he’s eager to get him back playing.
“He gives us some experience so I’m looking forward to having him back,” said Noel. “After going through what he’s gone through I think it’s real good that he’s back with us.”
Redmond will practice with the team today and should be in the lineup soon.
In eight games with the Jets last season, Redmond scored a goal and added three assists.