The Arizona Coyotes made some intriguing gains during this off-season, but not every summer development has been a positive one.
Defenseman Jakob Chychrun is considered out indefinitely as he recovers from knee surgery treating an injury from training this week. The Coyotes announced that an additional update should come around Sept. 14, when training camp begins.
It’s unclear how exactly he hurt himself.
This continues quite an up-and-down year or so for Chychrun.
The 19-year-old was, by some accounts, expected to be a fairly high draft pick in 2016. Instead, he dropped a bit to the 16th spot, where Arizona snatched him up.
He was able to play 68 regular-season games as a rookie, and while there was some evidence that he struggled in his own end, Chychrun also managed seven goals and 20 points.
With a vastly improved team around him, it was going to be interesting to see how he developed in a sophomore season. That hasn’t been ruled out at this time, yet you have to wonder if he’ll be limited early on even if he can make a fairly rapid recovery.