Injured Jet Zach Bogosian to return to lineup Friday

The Winnipeg Jets are set to receive a much-needed boost to their lineup when they take on the Florida Panthers Friday night at the MTS Centre.

Defenceman Zach Bogosian cleared to play after missing weeks of games due to groin injury

Zach Bogosian has been cleared for play after a groin injury sustained during a Nov. 15 game sidelined the Winnipeg Jet.

The Winnipeg Jets are set to receive a much-needed boost to their lineup when they take on the Florida Panthers Friday night at the MTS Centre.

Defenceman Zach Bogosian took part in another full practice with the team Thursday morning at the MTS Centre and afterward said he’s been cleared to play.

Bogosian has missed the last 15 games with a groin injury he sustained in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 15.

“I felt good today,” said Bogosian after Thursday’s practice. “I’ve felt good for a couple days now so it’s healing good … It feels good to be back in the mix of things and getting a few practices under my belt was a big thing.”

The return of Bogosian comes at a good time for the Jets. The team has struggled of late, losing four of their last five games. Having watched those games, Bogosian said he is eager to contribute any way he can.

“Anytime you come back in the lineup you just try to play your game and help out the team as much as possible,” he said. “That’s what I plan on doing when I do come back. I don’t think one guy coming back is going to change things around. I think it has to be collectively as a group, and hopefully I can help out any way possible.”

Jets head coach Claude Noel confirmed Bogosian’s spot in the lineup Friday at his post-practice press conference. He also added the importance of having the young blue liner back with the team. 

“The thing with Zach is he’s got weight. He’s passionate, and he can get the puck stopped and he can jump up and he can do a lot of things,” said Noel. “He’s an effective player and can be an effective player in games. He’s a guy that can really help you. We look forward to having him back in the lineup.”

Noel said Bogosian would play alongside Tobias Enstrom for the game Friday.

“I’ve always been comfortable with Toby,” Bogosian said. “I’ve played on and off with him my whole career. He’s a great player. He’s pretty easy to read out there.”

The Jets are coming off a 4-2 loss to the league’s worst ranked, Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday night. Winnipeg is currently seated dead last in the Central Division and 12th in the Western Conference with a record of 15-16-5.