Viel has opted to undergo surgery on the finger he injured during a preseason fight and will be sidelined long term, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. The Sharks have yet to release a specific timetable for Viel's recovery, but he only appeared in 11 NHL contests last season and went scoreless with a minus-7 rating over that span, so fantasy managers shouldn't need to track his status.
Viel (upper body) was designated for non-roster injured reserve by the Sharks on Monday. Viel was going to be hard-pressed to secure a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night. Even once cleared to play, fantasy players should expect him to spend the bulk of the campaign playing in the minors with AHL San Jose.
Viel will be evaluated Tuesday for an upper-body injury suffered in Monday's matchup with the Ducks, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports. Viel appeared in just 11 games for the Sharks last season and is far from a lock for regular minutes heading into the 2020-21 campaign. In those 11 contests, the Quebec native garnered 10 shots, 22 hits and 23 PIM while averaging 7:16 of ice time. Viel figures to split his time between the NHL and AHL this year.
Viel (eye) was on the ice for practice Thursday, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Viel racked up 22 hits and 23 PIM in 11 games, but he didn't record a point last season. The 24-year-old will compete for a bottom-six job in training camp, but he could also end up playing with AHL San Jose to begin the year.
Viel (eye) signed a two-year extension with San Jose on Monday. Viel was scoreless in 11 games during his first taste of NHL action this season, recording a minus-7 rating and 22 hits in the process. He missed the final game of the regular season with an eye injury after fighting the Coyotes' Michale Bunting but he's expected to be ready for training camp. The 24-year-old winger will likely see most of his playing time in a bottom-six role next season.
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