Jets' Bryan Little to miss rest of season with fractured vertebrae

Jets' Bryan Little to miss rest of season with fractured vertebrae

As they prepare to say goodbye to Andrew Ladd with the NHL trade deadline coming up on Monday, the Winnipeg Jets learned that they would be without second-leading scorer Bryan Little for the remainder of the regular season.

The 28-year-old Little suffered a compression fracture to his T6 vertebrae, according to tests performed on Wednesday. Head coach Paul Maurice said the team believes it’s an eight-week injury, so if the Jets miraculously make the playoffs…

OK, they're done.

Little’s injury occurred last week when he took this hit from Anton Stralman of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Stralman went unpenalized, which set off Maurice, who was eventually ejected from the game.

With Little done and Ladd on his way out, by Monday night the Jets will be without their two leading goal scorers

Little, one of the NHL's most underrated players, has averaged 21 goals and 53 points over the last three seasons. As the Jets retool their roster ahead of next season, having their top center healthy will play an important role in turning things around.

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