Why Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic won’t be returning to training until mid-April
When it comes to the Sharks’ season, Marc-Eduard Vlaisic is not in the lineup.
But on Saturday he did skate for the first time since suffering a dislocated left shoulder on Jan. 6 against the New York Islanders.
Vlasisic has missed the past three games with an illness.
It is the second time in his career he has not played due to injury.
The Sharks are in a similar position when it comes with the return of a veteran defenseman.
Vlaistesic is eligible to return after the season, but the club is unlikely to make him available until April.
“The good thing about it is that it’s not going to take him long to get back,” Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said.
“I think he’ll get his game back in a little bit.
He had a great year last year, and we’re just going to keep playing him.”
Vlasic missed 10 games with a shoulder injury and is scheduled to play in the Sharks season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
He has not practiced with the team since January, so he will be back with the lineup Saturday against the Florida Panthers.
Vlasisics return will help the Sharks get back on track.
They have lost five straight games, including a 3-2 shootout loss at the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 15.
Vlaisics last game back was Jan. 14, when he recorded his first NHL goal.
The 24-year-old was recalled by the Sharks on Jan: 7 and has appeared in three games this season.