The Canucks were dealt some tough news prior to puck drop against the Lightning this evening as it was released that defenceman Olli Juolevi would be out for the remainder of the season
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) December 19, 2018
The full press release is below:
The Vancouver Canucks announced today that Olli Juolevi has undergone successful knee surgery and is expected to make a full recovery for training camp.
After thorough evaluation, rest and conservative treatment, surgery was determined by Canucks medical staff, in consultation with specialists, as the best option for Juolevi’s long-term health and career.
The surgery was successfully performed today with an estimated return to play timeline of six months.
It’s a really unfortunate turn of events for Juolevi as he had been making some positive strides with his development in Utica. There were still some issues to his game that needed to be worked out but it was clear that he was trending towards making a debut with the Canucks at some point this season. Juolevi last played on November 17th against the Hartford Wolf Pack.
He ends the season with 13 points (1-12-13 in 18 games with Utica Comets.
It will be interesting to see how he comes into camp next season as he should be close to healthy in June and then has most of the summer to train but still lost over half a season of play.