Vancouver Canucks fans haven’t seen Olli Juolevi play in a regulation game for their team. And it doesn’t look like it’ll happen anytime soon.
The fifth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft suffered yet another injury setback while playing for the Utica Comets of the AHL.
That’s… not good.
Juolevi is not stranger to having his season cut short. He got off to a good start with Utica last season, scoring 13 points in 18 games before suffering a knee injury that ended his campaign.
Things were supposed to be different this time. After fully healing from the ailment, Juolevi was poised to make an impact with Utica (and maybe even the Canucks if injuries hit the blueline as they always do).
But after five points in 14 games this year, the rearguard is once again in injury trouble.
The organization isn’t letting on much about the nature of the injury, but “no timeline” certainly doesn’t sound good.
There was once tremendous pressure on Juolevi to get to the NHL and perform like a top-five first-round pick.
Now, we’re just hoping he’s just able to resume his career at some point in the future.
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