Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers said he felt 100 per cent in the playoffs, but the list of injuries he was dealing with tell another story.
During the team’s availability Wednesday, two days removed from its second-round sweep at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, the Jets star revealed he had a posterior labrum tear in his shoulder “for a while” and a first-rib cartilage fracture.
Ehlers missed the first two games of the post-season and was sidelined since April 24 after taking a hit from Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin.
The 25-year-old returned for Game 3 against the Edmonton Oilers, making an instant impact by scoring the OT winner in a 5-4 Jets victory.
Ehlers finished with three points in six post-season contests, putting up just a single assist against the Canadiens.
Overall, 2020-21 was the best season of Ehlers’ career as he finished with 46 points in 47 games, scoring at a career-high 0.98 point-per game clip.