While Elias Pettersson has only been out for five games, the Vancouver Canucks made it official today when it announced they have activated their star forward off of injured reserve, while sending forward Tanner Kero to the Utica Comets of the AHL.
Pettersson, who has been out since Jan. 3 against Montreal when he sprained his knee while getting tangled up with fellow rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi. While he has been skating on his own for more than a week, the team has been cautious with their 20-year-old star, but that wait looks to be over as he is expected to play Sunday against Detroit. The top Calder Trophy candidate currently has 22 goals and 42 points in 38 games this season and should be able to add a spark to the Canucks team that is vying for a wild card spot at the moment.
Kero was recalled Thursday, but did not see any action in his time with Vancouver. The 26-year-old has been having a strong season in Utica where he has 16 goals and 37 points in 43 games.