With all the talk at training camp about Hunter Shinkaruk Bo Horvat Brendan Gaunce and Nicklas Jensen it almost seems that another first-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks is the forgotten man.

You remember Jordan Schroeder don’t you?

The Canucks haven’t forgotten. They gave Schroeder a one-way contract this summer — albeit for only one year — and hope the player they picked 22nd overall in the 2009 draft is finally ready to blossom into a full-time NHL player.

Schroeder will compete for the vacant No. 3 centre position and finally having a healthy left shoulder should help his chances.

He underwent surgery May 21 to repair a torn labrum. The rehab for that type of injury is normally five or six months. Schroeder was cleared to play after just three-and-a-half months thanks he says to a whole lot of hard work this summer.

For the last couple of years Schroeder’s shoulder periodically popped out of its socket.

“It happened a bunch of times in games “ he said Tuesday. “It would usually pop back in on its own but it would just be painful for lengthy periods. … It progressively got worse and I decided to get it (surgery) done.”

Training camp is a piece of cake compared to the summer Schroeder endured as he desperately tried to get his shoulder ready to play. He knew there was an opening for a centre at camp and didn’t want to miss it.

So Schroeder worked often from morning until night.

“It was a lot of work” he said. “Post surgery I was in a sling for a month and couldn’t really do much. I started to work out even with the sling on. I was doing leg stuff anything I could to keep my legs going. Then once I got the sling off I started to do a lot of physical therapy. On a typical day I’d work out in the morning then skate do an hour of physical therapy and then I’d go home and do an hour and a half more of physical therapy on my own. By that time it’s a long day.”

Schroeder hopes all that hard work pays off. After getting a taste of the NHL last season he wants the full-meal deal.

“I want to step up” he said. “This is a good opportunity for me. I am really looking forward to it.”

Schroeder thinks the 31 games he played last season with the Canucks (he had three goals and nine points) will help him win a job.

“It’s huge” he said. “You have never played a game before and I come up last year and got my feet wet a bit and got some confidence. It makes you feel more comfortable around the guys. We have got such a great group here and knowing you can talk to them and feed off them is always good.”

Schroeder must impress new coach John Tortorella who acknowledged Tuesday he does not know much about the Minnesota product.

“A quick guy he is probably going to play tomorrow” Tortorella said referring to Wednesday night’s pre-season game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena. “I am anxious to see him play. I like his speed I like his tenacity as far as on the puck. So now he’ll play and we’ll see where we go.”