Carson Soucy took a step forward Friday in his recovery from an apparent knee injury, but the Vancouver Canucks’ injury crisis shows no real sign of abating.
Soucy, who appeared to hurt his knee in a collision in the final pre-season game versus the Calgary Flames a week ago, practised with his teammates at the University of B.C. Friday, a couple hours ahead of the team’s charter flight to Edmonton. That’s where the Canucks will face the Oilers Saturday night in a rematch of Wednesday’s season opener, an 8-1 trouncing of the Oilers by the Canucks.
Soucy skated in a red non-contact jersey, indicating he’s still not quite ready to return to the lineup but is making progress, a welcome update after reports earlier this week that he was likely out week-to-week.
Head coach Rick Tocchet said that Soucy will travel with the Canucks as they embark on five-game, 12-day road trip.
But the rest of the Canucks’ injury news Friday wasn’t so good.
Teddy Blueger, who was originally thought to have a bruised knee, is now out week-to-week, Tocchet said, and won’t travel with the team, though if things go well he could join the team on the road.
Ilya Mikheyev was back in a non-contact jersey on Friday after having been skating in a regular jersey since Sunday. Tocchet said earlier this week that Mikheyev might be ready for Tuesday’s game in Philadelphia, but with this apparent step back in readiness you have to wonder if that’s still a possibility. The Canucks are slated to practice in Philadelphia ahead of the game Tuesday.
Both Mikheyev and Soucy skated ahead of Friday’s practice as well, with skills coach Yogi Svejkovsky putting them through some extra skating drills.
Finally, Guillaume Brisebois remains out. Suspicion is he’s dealing with a concussion, but Tocchet only said it’s an upper-body issue and doesn’t have a timeline for the defenceman’s return.
Brisebois took a heavy, high hit from Seattle’s Brandon Tanev in a pre-season game a week ago.
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