The biggest news out of the opening of the Vancouver Canucks prospects training camp on Friday really didn't come from Rogers Arena at all.
It came from the NHL's plush offices in downtown New York, where the league is holding its annual Players Media Tour.
Ryan Kesler may not be ready for the start of the season. And while this shouldn't come as too much of a shock to anyone following his recovery from hip labrum surgery, his comments to nhl.com had a trickle-down effect. One was felt 4,000 kilometres west in Vancouver, where 30 of the Canucks' top prospects gathered for testing before travelling east to Penticton for the five-team Young Stars Tournament.
Take Jordan Schroeder, for example. Unless the former first-rounder forgets how to tie his skates between now and then, there's no way he's not getting an invitation to the main camp. Once there, it doesn't hurt that the natural centre can also play on the wing. Speaking of which, Mason Raymond's broken back is expected to keep him out until possibly November.
Kesler injury opens door for Canucks prospects
Vancouver Sun | Sep 10