Shoulder labrum surgery has put Jordan Schroeder on an uncertain timeline for a September Canucks training camp that boasts unprecedented opportunity for younger players.
But Schroeder, 22, who had the procedure on his left shoulder on May 21 in Minneapolis, says he’s confident he’ll be ready to challenge for an NHL job at camp.
“I’ve got a workout plan set up for the summer that will enable me to be on track and ready for camp,” Schroeder, the Canucks’ 2009 first-round pick (22nd overall), said from his Minneapolis-area home on Tuesday.
But Schroeder also said there is no definite time frame yet on when the shoulder will be 100 per cent.
That’s a concern, with training camp less than four months away, and Canucks GM Mike Gillis saying there will be significantly more opportunity for young players next season.
“I’m going to get back at it (off-ice training) in a couple of weeks,” said Schroeder. “Obviously, I can’t do some of the upper-body stuff, but I’ll be able to get the legs going.”
He added that a time frame for getting back on skates is still up in the air.
Schroeder said the shoulder has bothered him for a few years, and decided to get it done.
“It’s fine to play with, but it’s kind of annoying more than anything,” said Schroeder, who is a pending restricted free agent. “It was just something we decided to get done.
“Sometimes, if you had one arm out and you’re going for a poke check and you get hit weird, it would kind of come out, so that was kind of a problem. It didn’t happen very often, but we made the decision to go ahead (with surgery).”
Schroeder, a small (5-foot-8, 175 pounds) centre with great wheels and good offensive instincts, got his first taste of NHL action this season, getting the call-up from the minors early in the shortened season.
He had a great start, saw time on the power play and the second, third and fourth lines, but tailed off and was returned to the minors in early April. In 31 games, Schroeder had three goals and nine points.
Schroeder said he saw with interest Gillis’ comments about a Canucks’ reset with an emphasis on youth next season. He believes this season’s experience can only help his chances.
“That’s encouraging,” he said. “I got a taste of it last year. It was a great experience.
“As a player, I learned a lot about what it takes to play in that top six or top nine. I learned what I have to bring every night and that’s part of the challenge of growing into an NHL player. I want to continue to grow as a player and come to camp and show them that I belong there.”
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