Brock Boeser, Curtis Lazar placed on injury reserve
The injury list keeps getting bigger and bigger for the Vancouver Canucks.
On Wednesday morning, General Manager Patrik Allvin took to the podium, announcing that forwards Brock Boeser and Curtis Lazar have been placed on injury reserve.
This year has already been quite the rollercoaster ride for Boeser, who has been battling with health issues since training camp.
The 25-year-old winger underwent successful hand surgery at the end of September, forcing him to miss a large chunk of the preseason. Boeser was initially projected to miss 3-4 weeks, putting his return timeline closer to the beginning of November, but somehow managed to work his way back into the line-up for opening night.
Since then, Boeser has been one of the more consistent offensive players on the roster, notching four assists in six games, but that was unfortunately short-lived.
After taking a maintenance day on Sunday, Boeser’s injury status was initially listed as day-to-day. The Minnesota-native eventually did not dress for Monday’s contest against the Hurricanes and, like Lazar, will now be unavailable for at least the next two games.
Lazar, whose injury and return timeline are both undisclosed, logged just over 11 minutes of ice time on Monday. The former Boston Bruin fourth liner has registered one goal and three shots in seven games with Vancouver this season.
Boeser and Lazar will joined star blueliner Quinn Hughes on the sidelines.
Hughes is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury, following a last-minute scratch prior to Saturday’s 5-1 home-opener loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
The former Calder Trophy nominee has easily been one of the team’s best players so far, producing five assists in the opening five games, while also averaging the second-highest ice time (27:14) amongst all NHL players prior to Saturday.
Tucker Poolman, Travis Dermott and Riley Stillman are also unavailable to the winless Canucks, who are set to take on the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena on Thursday night.
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