Diminutive Vancouver Canuck centre Jordan Schroeder has sufficiently recovered from ankle surgery and will play this weekend, only it will be for the Canucks' Utica Comets farm team.

The Comets' next two American League games just happen to be Friday and Saturday in Abbotsford against the Heat so Schroeder won't have far to travel. Officially, he will be on a conditioning stint.

“Jordan hasn't played in a while and we think, and he thinks, it would be in his best interest to get a couple of games under his belt,” explained Canuck interim head coach Mike Sullivan following practice Wednesday. “Our minor-league schedule really worked out in our favour as far as the timing of him being ready to play. So we've got an opportunity to allow him to play in a couple of games close by and that's what we're going to do with him.”

Schroeder, the Canucks' first pick in the 2009 entry draft, has appeared in just three NHL games this season due to recurring ankle issues. He fractured his left ankle blocking a shot in a Sept. 21 exhibition game in Edmonton, returned Oct. 15 in Philadelphia and then fractured the same ankle again Oct. 19 in Pittsburgh in a goalmouth collision.

He underwent surgery Oct. 31 and had three screws inserted in the ankle. At practice Wednesday, the 5-8 Schroeder was skating on a line with David Booth and Zack Kassian as their regular centre, Brad Richardson, was given “a maintenance day” after being slashed by Oiler Jordan Eberle in Tuesday's 2-1 Canuck victory.

Sullivan said Richardson was fine, which means he'll be available for Thursday's home date against Shea Weber and the Nashville Predators. Henrik Sedin (ribs) did not skate Wednesday and remains “day-to-day,” according to Sullivan. Mike Santorelli (shoulder) has moved beyond day-to-day, however.

“I don't know exactly what his status is specifically but I would suggest he is a little bit more than day-to-day at this point,” Sullivan said.

Schroeder, meanwhile, is anxious to play some games.

“It's been a long journey and it's good to be back,” said the 23-year-old from Lakeville, Minn. “It's been a tough start to this year but that's the way it goes sometimes. You go through adversity and you have to build off it. It's all in the past now and I'm just looking forward.”

If and when Schroeder rejoins the Canuck lineup, he may be given a top-six role assuming Henrik remains on the sidelines.