Jordan Schroeder will undergo further tests on his injured left foot, which has forced him back to Vancouver in the midst of the Canucks seven-game road trip.
The Canucks’ centre suffered the injury during Saturday’s shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s the same foot he fractured while blocking a shot during a game in the pre-season.
That kept him out of the lineup for the first six games of the season. He just returned to game action on Oct. 15, suiting up in three games, including Saturday in Pittsburgh.
The 23-year-old Schroeder, Vancouver’s first-round pick in 2009, re-signed with the Canucks this summer, however injuries, not just reserved for his foot, have plagued him for the past several months.
He also had off-season surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
His injured foot remains the most prevalent issue for the young speedster right now.
“Let’s just say his pain is in the same place it was, or has been, with his last injury,” Neil Sheehy, Schroeder’s agent, told Metro Vancouver on Monday.
“How severe it is, I don’t know. But obviously it’s worse than when they (the Canucks) decided to clear him to play. Something’s happened between the time he was cleared to play and when he was playing.
“There’s discomfort there. Exactly what it is – is it re-broken? – I don’t know. That’s why they’re going to do the tests.”
As a result of Schroeder’s injury, the Canucks, on Saturday, recalled centre Jeremy Welsh from Utica in the American Hockey League.
Welsh, acquired in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes prior to the start of the regular season, suited up for the Canucks in Sunday’s loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Canucks, having hit the 10-game mark of this first season under new head coach John Tortorella, now enter the fifth leg of this current road swing through the Eastern Conference.
To this point, the Canucks currently have a 5-4-1 record, although all five of those victories have come against teams below them in the standings.
They will take on the New York Islanders, led by captain John Tavares, who has 10 points in eight games, on Tuesday night.