Ottawa Senators sophomore defenceman Christian Wolanin is nearing a return from an injury that caused him to miss five months.
Christian Wolanin is a big part of the Ottawa Senators future, and was expected to man a big role on the Senators blue line. That all changed when he tore his labrum in his shoulder before the season even began.
Recovery was supposed to take at least four months, but it ended up taking over five months to get the 24-year old d-man up to full strength.
He will finish this season down in Belleville, with an increased role for conditioning, so he can be his absolute best when he plays a big role in Ottawa next year.
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His estimated season debut for Belleville, is on February 4th when they play the Toronto Marlies.
This was a very frustrating injury for him, because after a successful patch of games, 30 to be exact, last season in which he played very well. He was expected to build off of that increased confidence, but this injury sidelined him for this whole season basically.
He scored four goals and added eight assists for twelve total points in last years campaign. He had a big role on the Senators blue line playing 17:20 a night. For a rookie defenceman that is significant ice time.
He was brought into the line-up initially because of a Thomas Chabot injury, but quickly proved his worth to be a quality player for the Ottawa Senators. He played mostly after the trade deadline when a colossal amount of talent was traded away to aid the rebuild.
He’s just the tip of the surface, there is an abundance of talent down in Belleville, and with the potential signings of defencemen Jacob Bernard-Docker and Lassi Thomson from their respective leagues, Belleville’s d-core is very talented indeed.
They will need Wolanin to play well and be a leader in the hopes of a Calder Cup.