Kanizov was skating on his own last weekend, but Shark coach Bob Bogner said the defender’s progress had stalled and he was going out to see an expert on Wednesday.
The Sharks recently considered Kanizov on a weekly basis and hoped he could join the team on the next five game road trips to continue his recovery. But Bogner said Sunday that there was a possibility Kanizov would not be so healthy to travel.
Knizhov, 23, had stopped the Sharks top since last season because he played all 56 games, scored 10 points, averaged 16:26 ice time per game, and became Eric Carlson’s defense partner.
It is not immediately clear who will play Carlson on Saturday when the Sharks host the Winnipeg Jets in their regular season opener.
Rocky Century Hitka played with Carlson in the Shark’s last pre-season game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. He had 16:50 ice time and was credited with three hits and two block shots in the 4-0 Shark win.
Bogner, however, indicated that Jack Middleton and Radium Semic would surround the defensive cover for Saturday’s game, along with Carlson, Brent Burns, Mario Ferraro, and Mark Edward Velasquez. Burns will be paired with Ferraro, but the other two pairs could not be identified, although Velasque and Semik played several games together last season.
The Sharks begin their five-game, eight-day road trip in Montreal on Tuesday, followed by games in Ottawa, Toronto, Boston and Nashville.
“Midas has done a lot of work through the camp to get started. Summer has built some equity with us, so if the hit doesn’t start on Saturday, I think you’ll definitely line it up on the road trip. I’ll see. “And I think it’s going to be more opposing. What kind of team do we need to compete every night?
No wail Forward Jeffrey Wells will also be out for a long time due to surgery on his finger. Bogner said Val, who injured his finger in the fight against Anaheim’s Sam Carrick on October 4, will miss about four weeks.
Barabanov update: Forward Alexander Barabanov, who struggled with a minor injury and was out of Saturday’s pre-season game, skated Wednesday on the Sharks’ fourth line with Jasper Weatherby, Andrew Kogliano and Lane Pedersen.
“He looked fine today,” Bogner said. “It was a tough exercise today, obviously with a few days off, so he went through the whole exercise.” I want to see how he responds overnight and see what he feels like in the morning, but he looks better. I watched it closely and it seemed as if its development had returned to normal.
Goodwich Update: Bogner said Jonah Goodwich is still awaiting clearance to come to the United States from immigration when he was picked up from the Vancouver Canucks last week. The Sharks are hoping that Goodwich will arrive before Saturday so they can take part in at least one exercise, but it wasn’t clear until Wednesday afternoon.