Jets’ Tobias Enstrom returns to Sweden due to family situation

Enstrom had four goals and 11 assists in 22 games this past season.

The Winnipeg Jets will be without Tobias Enstrom for at least their next game as the defenceman had to return home to Sweden for a personal matter, the team announced Thursday.

“He had to get home to Sweden for a family situation that’s come up briefly with the full and complete support of the Winnipeg Jets organization,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “We’re hopeful that he comes back and it’s a positive result, and we get him back real soon. But I don’t know when he’s going to be able to return.”

It is not clear what the situation is about.

“Toby is a big part of this defence,” said Ben Chiarot. “He’s a leader on the team, he’s a big minute guy for us on the back end. It’s a big hole, but everyone will pick up the slack and try to pick those minutes up.”

The 32-year-old Enstrom has played more than 20 minutes in all but one game so far this season and has one goal and seven points in 22 games.

He has been a member of the Thrashers/Jets organization since being drafted in the eighth round, 239th overall, of the 2003 NHL draft.

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