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Boeser expected to be 100 percent for Canucks training camp: report

Forward recovering from back, wrist injuries; Pettersson also on mend

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Brock Boeser is expected to be fine for the start of Vancouver Canucks training camp after the forward recovers from back and wrist injuries sustained this season, general manager Jim Benning told TSN 1040 on Thursday.

"My understanding is he'll be 100 percent for training camp," Benning said.

Boeser was injured March 5 when he hit his back against an open bench door and broke a transverse process, a spur that projects off the side of each vertebrae. The 21-year-old had been playing with a wrist he injured Feb. 8; it required platelet-rich plasma injections and four weeks of immobilization.

"My understanding is the cast was taken off a week ago," Benning said. "I haven't talked to Brock about it, but I believe the cast had to be on a month. The doctor that he went back to see in Minnesota is the Vikings' hand specialist and that's the doctor that did Brock's surgery two years ago. We were able to get an appointment for him and we wanted to get him in there and have the doctor have a look at him. The worst-case scenario was that he would require another surgery, but he didn't need to do that."

Video: The guys discuss Boeser's injury

When his season ended, Boeser led NHL rookies with 29 goals. He missed the final 16 games and finished second by two goals to Kyle Connor of the Winnipeg Jets.

"It was hard, especially because I love the game so much and I never want to miss any games," Boeser said in April. "But I've got to look at the other side of it. I am pretty lucky because that (back) injury could have ended my career, honestly."

Forward prospect Elias Pettersson, 19, who needed surgery to repair a thumb broken playing for Sweden in the 2018 IIHF World Championship, also is expected to be ready for training camp in September. Benning said he did not know if Pettersson, the No. 5 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, would participate in prospects camp in July. Pettersson signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Canucks on Friday.

"Our medical staff took a look at the X-rays and the surgery he needed was a pretty straightforward surgery," Benning said. "They did it over there (in Sweden) and everything went well. As far as any physical therapy is concerned, we'll be in constant contact with his therapists over there to make sure everything is on schedule."

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