When Arizona Coyotes’ defenseman Jakob Chychrun underwent surgery earlier in the offseason, there was concern that the 19-year-old blueliner could be at risk to miss the entire 2017-18 season. It’s never ideal for any player to miss any significant time, especially when that player is set to enter just his second season in the NHL after debuting at 18-years-old a year ago. Missing an entire season so early into a career could be devastating. Fortunately, Chychrun won’t miss the entire season, as Coyotes’ general manager John Chayka stated Tuesday.

“It’s definitely not season-ending," Chayka said. “He’s progressing really well, rehabbing with top people. It’s really about how his body responds but the things he’s doing right now in his rehab are pretty amazing."

Chychrun was taken with the 16th overall selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Once believed to be the potential No. 2 pick in that draft following a 16-goal, 33-point campaign in 42 games with the Sarnia Sting in the OHL, the Boca Raton, Florida-native saw his production dip to 11 goals and 49 points in 62 games just one season later ahead of his first taste at NHL Draft eligibility. In the defense of Chychrun, however, he was coming off of major shoulder surgery and as such, the dip in production caused concern for just about every team that scouted him. Making his debut at just 18 years old, however, Chychrun made an impact right away with the Coyotes, scoring seven goals and 20 points in 68 games and looking like a legitimate NHL player from the get-go.