Blue Jackets prospect and Team Canada forward Boone Jenner has been suspended for three games by the IIHF for the upcoming 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship which begins on Wednesday. The suspension stems from a late hit Jenner imposed on Sweden’s Jesper Pettersson during an exhibition game Saturday in Finland.
The hit caused Pettersson to suffer a dislocated shoulder and a fractured wrist. Pettersson is not expected to return to the Swedish junior squad.
“The video material indicated that the hit was late and delivered with no intention to play the puck and with Pettersson being in a vulnerable position,” said a press release by the IIHF. “The five-man IIHF Disciplinary Panel is of the opinion that the application of playing rule 552b (Charging) is correct and that it was Jenner’s intention to deliver the forceful check in spite of having the opportunity to at least make an attempt to avoid contact on Pettersson.”
Jenner is a member of the Canadian Junior squad which is looking for a better finish than its bronze it won in last year Championship. Jenner is one of six returning members of the squad.
The three games Jenner is scheduled to miss are opening round games against Germany, Slovakia, and United States. He’ll return in time for Canada’s contest against their host Russia.
Jenner was a second-round pick by the Blue Jackets in the 2011 NHL Draft. He is considered by most to be the Blue Jackets’ second top non-professional prospect behind Ryan Murray. Murray would have been a likely selection for Team Canada but he is out with a shoulder injury. Jenner is ninth in the OHL in points. In 32 games, he has scored 47 times for Oshawa.
Jenner is not the only prospect for the Blue Jackets taking part on the 2013 World Juniors. Goaltending prospects Joonas Korpisalo and Oscar Dansk, forward Lukas Sedlak, and defender Mike Reilly are all on their respective countries’ rosters.
Dansk and Korpisalo were both selected by the Blue Jackets in the 2012 NHL Draft in the second and third rounds respectively. Dansk is having a rough year in his rookie season for the OHL’s Erie Otters. He is 8-15-4 with a 3.63 goals against average. Dansk is playing for the Swedish Junior squad.
Korpisalo has been bouncing around with various Finnish squads. He played in half of Finland’s 5-1 exhibition victory over the United States Saturday in both squads’ final tune up before the tournament. He stopped all 16 shots on goal by the Americans.
Sedlak, a sixth-round pick by the Blue Jackets in 2011, is participating with the Czech Republic Juniors. He is playing in his second season with Chicoutimi of the QMJHL. In 33 games with the Sagueneens, he has 23 points in 33 contests.
Reilly is in his freshman season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the WCHA. He has 10 points in 17 games played. The defender was a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Blue Jackets.
Sedlak’s Czech Republic squad opens its tournament slate with a game Wednesday against Dansk’s Sweden Juniors. Korpisalo could see his first bit of action in the tournament Wednesday against Latvia. The United States opens on Thursday against Germany.