Injured Vancouver Giants star Samuel Honzek might return this weekend

Honzek is but to play with the Giants this season however he is again practising with the workforce after sustaining an stomach harm throughout a Calgary Flames’ pre-season sport on Oct. 4.

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Injured star winger Samuel Honzek is closing in on a return to motion with the Vancouver Giants.

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Basic supervisor Barclay Parneta says that Honzek received’t play Wednesday when Vancouver visits the Spokane Chiefs, however he could possibly be able to go Friday when the workforce visits the Kamloops Blazers. Vancouver performs at residence Saturday as properly, internet hosting the Tri-Metropolis People on the Langley Occasions Centre.

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Honzek, 19, is but to play with Vancouver this season after getting harm in an Oct. 4 pre-season sport with the Calgary Flames. The Flames used a first-round choose, No. 16 general, in June’s NHL Draft to land the rangy Slovak, who had 23 targets and 56 factors in an injury-shortened 43 common season video games with the Giants final season.

Honzek stated Monday that he suffered an stomach harm within the sport with the Flames. He had been rehabbing in Calgary with the Flames’ medical workforce however returned to the Decrease Mainland final week and started practising once more with Vancouver.

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Ahead Samuel Honzek appears to be like for the unfastened puck in entrance of goaltender Jari Kykkanen throughout the 2023 Calgary Flames Prospects Coaching Camp at WinSport in Calgary on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. Picture by Gavin Younger /Postmedia

He’s slated to play for the Slovaks on the earth juniors in Sweden, and he’s anticipated to depart for his or her coaching camp Dec. 10. Meaning he’ll get someplace within the neighborhood of seven video games in with Vancouver earlier than then, relying on how a lot they decide to ease him in by doing issues like giving him the second half of back-to-back sport nights off.

Honzek will miss not less than seven video games at world juniors.

Centre Kyren Gronick (decrease physique harm) is slated to be again with Vancouver for Wednesday, in response to Parneta.

Vancouver was lacking six regulars for his or her 4-3 extra time loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on the LEC on Saturday.

Together with Gronick and Honzek, they have been with out injured wingers Matthew Edwards (higher physique) and Colton Langkow (higher physique) and defenceman Marek Howell (decrease physique) and Damian Palmieri (decrease physique).

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Vancouver’s a youthful workforce, with the utmost three 20-year-olds and 6 19-year-olds. Honzek, Gronick, Langkow and Palmieri are all of their 19-year-old seasons.

Parneta has stated that Palmieri had knee surgical procedure and will likely be sidelined for a number of weeks. Parneta lists the others at day-to-day.

Vancouver has struggled of late, shedding 4 of 5 going into Spokane. That included Saturday’s setback to Lethbridge, once they gave up the tying purpose with 1:15 left in regulation time and the winner simply 47 seconds into extra time.

The Giants (8-12-2-0) awoke Tuesday sitting ninth within the 11-team Western Convention. They’re six factors behind the sixth-place People (11-7-1-1), so there’s logjam within the standings.

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“We’re a younger workforce, however, sooner or later, whether or not you’re a younger participant or an outdated participant, we have to determine what’s going to work for every particular person and make that constant in our workforce’s id,” Giants affiliate coach Adam Maglio stated after the Saturday sport. “That’s the problem for us proper now.”

Next game

Vancouver Giants at Spokane Chiefs

Where: Spokane Arena

When: Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.



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