5 years ago

Ryan Kesler's agent, Kurt Overhardt, didn't provide an encouraging injury update for Vancouver center Ryan Kesler's return from off-season shoulder and wrist surgeries.

"The re-evaluation was positive in that the surgeries were successful," said Overhardt. "However, the compounding nature of both of those surgeries being on the same side of the body, it's been very hard to properly rehab either one of the them - particularly the shoulder - because that's obviously a big deal. I don't think it's fair to have any sort of time frame when he's going to be 100 per cent and cleared to play. I don't have a crystal ball and it's certainly months away, it's not weeks away. It's several months away." Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman said that Kesler being months away from medical clearance was "news to [him]," but he also didn't have a timetable available for when Kesler would be fully recovered. If the NHL gets a shortened season then drafting Kesler could be very risky.