Thatcher Demko has been coping with a concussion for practically two months.
It doesn’t matter what occurs Wednesday night on the Pond in Anaheim, the Vancouver Canucks can level to the day earlier than American Thanksgiving 2018 as offering excellent news: prized prospect Thatcher Demko has returned to well being.
The goalie suffered a concussion after being hit within the head with a shot throughout a Sept. 23 follow.
Wednesday, Demko could begin his first recreation of the 2018-19 American Hockey League common season, when the Utica Comets face the Laval Rocket on the Adirondack Financial institution Heart in Utica, N.Y.
He has been within the upstate NY city recovering from his head damage since early October, however was solely formally re-assigned to the Canucks’ AHL affiliate on Tuesday.
On Monday, he participated in his first full follow since September.
He practised with the membership on Tuesday as nicely. He didn’t communicate with the media afterwards, however the Utica Observer-Dispatch’s Ben Birnell reported he gave the impression to be in nice spirits.
Comets normal supervisor Ryan Johnson instructed Sportsnet 650 on Tuesday that the group was nonetheless taking a cautious strategy and wouldn’t decide to Demko beginning on Wednesday, although he did acknowledge the group is “excited” to have him again wholesome.
Belarusian goalie Ivan Kulbakov, who was signed this summer time to be the Comets’ No. three netminder, has been carrying the load for the Comets this season.
That’s as a result of the Comets’ different goalie, veteran Richard Bachman, began the season on the injured record and since not lengthy after recovering, has spent the previous two-plus weeks within the Nationwide Hockey League, enjoying Canucks backup goalie to Jacob Markstrom.
The Comets, who’ve been scuffling with accidents, identical to their NHL mum or dad membership, have misplaced 4 straight video games and 6 of their final seven.
There are nonetheless seven Comets out injured: Reid Gardiner, Vincent Arseneau, Zack MacEwen, Jalen Chatfield, Kole Lind, Wacey Hamilton and Tanner MacMaster.