Carolina Hurricanes striker Andrei Svechnikov suffered a knee injury in March and will be fully recovered for the team’s next training camp in September, club general manager Don Waddell said.
The 23-year-old Russian winger suffered a ligament tear in his right knee during a game against the Vegas Golden Knights. He had been operated on a few days later. He was able to start skating again last month.
“He’s four months out of surgery and he’s been skating non-contact,” Waddell told NHL Network. It will be six months when the camp opens, so it’s right on schedule, maybe even ahead of schedule.”
“He would like to play now, but you have to be careful, warned the hockey man. October is important, but it becomes even more important as the season progresses. I fully expect him to be ready when the season starts.”
The second overall pick in the 2018 draft, Svechnikov had 23 goals and 32 assists in 64 games last season before being injured. Without him, the Hurricanes reached the Eastern playoff final, where they were eliminated by the Florida Panthers.