Canucks rookie winger Brock Boeser appears likely to make his season debut on Thursday night after being a healthy scratch for the first two games of the season, notes Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province. The 20-year-old made an impact late last season after joining Vancouver after his college season ended, collecting four goals and an assist in just nine games. Even if Boeser fares well, it appears that he will be scratched with some regularity as head coach Travis Green suggested to Kuzma earlier this week that Boeser and fellow youngster Jake Virtanen may only play 50-60 games each in an effort to help them acclimate to the rigors of a full NHL schedule.
Elsewhere around the league:
- The salary cap is already creating some challenges in Minnesota whose situation has them planning to dress just 11 forwards for their next game, writes Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press. The Wild are missing Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise until sometime next week but with just over $200K in cap room, they aren’t able to bring anyone up from the minors without going over the cap. They could choose to send waiver-exempt defenseman Mike Reilly down which would then free up enough money to recall another forward but head coach Bruce Boudreau said that’s not an option that has been considered.
- Following practice on Wednesday, Rangers winger Jesper Fast acknowledged to Laura Albanese of Newsday that he feels close to fully healed from the hip surgery that he had back in June. While his original return to the lineup wasn’t expected until late October or early November, head coach Alain Vigneault suggested that Fast could be back in the lineup within the next seven-to-ten days. Once he’s green-lit to return, Fast will likely supplant one of Paul Carey or recent waiver wire pickup Adam Cracknell in New York’s lineup.