Zetterberg sustained the knee injury in off-ice training and consequently had to bow out of the World Cup of Hockey. Given his status as a proven veteran, there isn't much incentive to rush Big Z back into the training camp picture. Besides, the "day-to-day" label suggests that his ailment isn't all that serious.
It's probable the veteran left winger's activity will be curbed for the rest of training camp and preseason as he continues to recover from a knee injury suffered earlier this month. He'll presumably participate in off-ice sessions until team doctors clear him for a higher intensity regimen. His return date, which is currently slated for mid-October, puts the 35-year-old Red Wings' captain in line to return at some point in the first several weeks of the NHL season.
Zetterberg was replaced on Team Sweden's World Cup of Hockey roster and could now miss out on training camp, a significant setback for the 35-year-old. Even if he is ready for Opening Night, he will likely be rusty from having sat out at least a portion of camp rehabbing. Fantasy owners can still expect the winger to anchor both Detroit's top line as well as their power-play unit, which makes him worth the injury risk in most formats.
Zetterberg will serve as Sweden's captain at the World Cup of Hockey in September, NHL.com reports.
Zetterberg is no stranger to international competition. As noted in the report, this will be his 13th time representing his native Sweden, albeit just the second go-around as team captain. He won an Olympic gold medal in 2006 and took home silver eight years later. Zetterberg's been the focal leader of the Red Wings since 2013, though his play in the upcoming season should go under the microscope with Pavel Datsyuk, his long-time companion, now in Russia. While his days producing 70-plus points are far behind, Big Z should continue to thrive on the power play after posting two goals and 20 assists in that special-teams situation a year ago. Consider drafting him in the early rounds this fall.