The Canucks are getting back a key winger in the lineup tonight as the team announced (Twitter link) that Ilya Mikheyev will make his season debut, meaning that he has been activated off injured reserve. He’s expected to skate on the second line with Elias Pettersson and Andrei Kuzmenko.
The 29-year-old had a productive first season with Vancouver last year when he was healthy as he recorded 13 goals and 15 assists in just 46 games while logging just shy of 17 minutes per night. His 28 points were four shy of his career high despite missing over 40% of the games due to injuries.
Mikheyev suffered a torn ACL back in February, undergoing surgery soon after. At the time, the expectation was that he’d be ready for the start of the season but that wasn’t the case as he wound up not playing in the preseason while the team eventually scaled him back in practice to a non-contact jersey. Fortunately for Vancouver, it turns out that he didn’t need too much more recovery time.
The Canucks had been carrying 22 players so they don’t need to make a corresponding move to create an open roster spot to activate Mikheyev.