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Zach Werenski's Goal Is To Be Ready For Opening Night

08/14/2018 at 9:58am EDT

from Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com,

He's still going through rehab exercises, but Zach Werenski is making good progress with his surgically-repaired shoulder this summer.

The 21-year old defenseman is back on the ice, even stepping into slap shots, and he's hoping to take his first contact at some point in training camp. His focus is also locked on Oct. 4 at Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit, when the Blue Jackets will open the 2018-19 regular season against the Detroit Red Wings - the team he cheered growing up in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

"My goal, ultimately, is to be there for Game 1," Werenski told BlueJackets.com. "You never want to miss time, you never want to miss games, so my goal going into training camp and into the season is to be ready for Game 1. If it's later, like Game 5 or Game 10, whenever that is, I'm going to work to miss as few games as possible and be ready to help the team."

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