Well, put it this way — any chance the Vancouver Canucks were going to send Jared McCann to the World Juniors just flew out the window.
The Canucks announced this morning that center Brandon Sutter underwent surgery yesterday to repair a sports hernia.
“Following a period of treatment and evaluation our medical team determined that the best course of action for Brandon was to perform this procedure,” said GM Jim Benning. “The surgery was successful and we expect a full recovery.”
Sutter is expected to miss 4-6 weeks to recover. He hasn’t played since Nov. 10. The Canucks have gone 2-5-3 without him, and they’ve given up 11 power-play goals in those 10 games.
Suffice to say, Sutter’s absence will be an ongoing challenge for Vancouver’s young centers. McCann is only 19; Bo Horvat is just 20.
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