The Canucks’ No. 1 centre hasn’t played since a Mar. 2 game in Winnipeg.
Whatever is ailing Elias Pettersson doesn’t seem to be healing very fast.
Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green said Tuesday that the young centre, who has missed the last three games with what has been described only as an “upper-body” injury, is no long day-to-day, as Green had previously been describing his status, but is now not likely to return until next week at the earliest.
“He’s out at least another week,” Green said.
GM Jim Benning told Sportsnet 650’s Scott Rintoul last week that Pettersson was dealing with an issue picked up during a game against the Winnipeg Jets on Mar. 1.
Benning said that Pettersson got “banged up” in a hit during the game, which the Canucks won 4-0. The two teams played again the next night and Benning suggested he further tweaked his injury in that game.
The Canucks then had Wednesday off last week and Pettersson took part in the early stages of their morning skate ahead of their Thursday game vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs but left partway through and hasn’t been seen since.
The Fourth Period’s Irfaan Gaffar reported Pettersson may be dealing with a wrist injury.