The Winnipeg Jets have placed forward Nikokaj Ehlers in COVID-19 protocol, taking the winger out of the lineup for at least one game.
Ehlers returned a confirmed positive test for the virus on Sunday, triggering five days of quarantine, which takes him through the Jets’ next game in Detroit on Thursday.
The 25-year-old appeared to be symptom-free during a media availability, via Zoom, on Sunday. There was no immediate word on whether he remained symptom-free on Monday, as the Jets did not have any media availability.
If Ehlers is without symptoms after five days, he would return to practice on Friday.
With 13 goals and 12 assists in 33 games, he ranks third on the Jets in scoring.
Defenceman Dylan DeMelo and forward Jansen Harkins, along with video coach Matt Prefontaine and taxi-squad goalie Arvid Holm, are expected to come off the COVID list on Tuesday and join the team in Detroit.
However, they can’t return to Canada with the rest of the team after the game because it hasn’t been 14 days since they tested positive.
So they will re-join the Jets for a four-game road trip to the U.S. that begins the following Tuesday in Washington.
Ehlers should be able to make that trip and get back to Winnipeg at the end of it – at least as things stand, now.
The Jets are scheduled to return from an afternoon game in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Jan. 23, which would mark exactly two weeks after Ehlers’ positive test result.