Zykov (upper body) was sent back to the team's AHL Charlotte affiliate Monday. Zykov tallied a goal in two games with the club before sitting out each of the team's last eight contests due to the upper-body issue. His demotion signifies his return to health, but the 21-year-old won't dress for the Hurricanes upon returning to the ice.
Zykov (upper body) was available for morning skate Saturday, albeit in a yellow non-contact jersey, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. The crafty rookie who packs a hard shot scored in his NHL debut March. 9, though he would end up getting hurt seconds into the following contest. Despite how he took to the ice for the morning session Saturday, there is no timetable for his return.
Coach Bill Peters indicated Monday that he had no further update on Zykov (upper body), but believes he's a "long way away" from returning. Zykov exited Saturday's game due to the upper-body issue, and it appears the young winger can be safely ruled out for Monday and probably Tuesday, if not beyond then. More information on his status should become available as he draws closer to a return, but there's no specific timetable at this point.
Zykov was forced out of Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs due to an upper-body injury, according to John Forslund on the team's telecast. The team's website reported he was questionable to return, but the TV crew has more updated information. The youngster potted his first NHL goal last time out so this is a big disappointment for Zykov. He was checked face-first into the boards by Roman Polak on a play which was not whistled for a penalty. It's just speculation, but Zykov is likely going through the league's mandated concussion procotol.
Zykov was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Wednesday. Zykov was called up as a reinforcement option with Brock McGinn and Phil Di Giuseppe dealing with upper-body ailments and temporarily weakening the depth at left wing. This will be the 21-year-old Zykov's first time surrounded by NHL talent, pausing an AHL campaign that includes 15 goals and just as many assists over 55 games.
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