Vancouver Canucks centre Jordan Schroeder will be ready for training camp, which opens on September 11 with fitness and medical testing.
There were initial fears that Schroeder would not be ready for training camp. His agent, Neil Sheehy, tells News 1130 Sports his client’s shoulder is “fine” after undergoing shoulder labrum surgery on May 21.
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It was an injury that had nagged Schroeder for quite some time.
“It’s fine to play with, but it’s kind of annoying more than anything,” Schroeder told the Province in May. “It was just something we decided to get done.
“Sometimes, if you had one arm out and you’re going for a poke check and you get hit weird, it would kind of come out, so that was kind of a problem. It didn’t happen very often, but we made the decision to go ahead (with surgery).”
Schroeder is expected to compete for a third line centre position with Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, and Brad Richardson offering the first, second, and fourth line centre spots. Brendan Gaunce, Bo Horvat, and Mike Santorelli are candidates as well.
The Minnesota native is believed to have the inside edge having played 31 games with the Canucks last season. Schroeder is also eligible for waivers the upcoming season, which greatly helps his chances.