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SOURCE: Knyzhov ‘Should Be Good to Go’ for Season

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Good news, Nikolai Knyzhov is skating.

That’s what San Jose Hockey Now’s Lizz Child reported two weeks ago while taking in San Jose Sharks development camp:

Knyzhov has also been making the rounds in the community, making an appearance at Extra Hour Training, a comprehensive off-ice hockey training facility (and SJHN sponsor) located just minutes from Sharks Ice.

That’s all great news, considering Knyzhov missed all of the 2021-22 season with groin injuries and a post-surgery infection.

Knyzhov Reveals He Had Groin Injury, Thinks He’ll Be Ready by Fall

SJHN checked in with a source today, who reports no setbacks so far this summer for the San Jose Sharks’ defender, “Not that I know of. Should be good to go [for the season].”

Of course, Knyzhov himself struck a cautious tone about coming back in the fall during his May exit interview, saying with a smile: “The projection is there and, you know, they had that same projection exactly a year ago in May. There’s just hope there. I hope I’m ready at this point. I don’t want to say that I won’t be, I don’t want to say that it will happen, but as of now, I feel like I will. I feel great right now.”

It sounds like, as of now, that Knyzhov is still on track. Let’s hope he stays on it: The San Jose Sharks’ blueline is short one Brent Burns, and they’ll need all hands on deck to make up for the franchise icon’s minutes.

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david barnard

being 100% physically (if so) is 1 thing, he’s lost a lot of dev time and fallen back on depth chart, even with a mish mash LHD. still reserving judgment on whether Knyzhov returns to being a significant part of the Sharks defense.

Bob D

Agreed. Trade him while he still has a perceived value

KE

Why? his prior play showed he was developing into a valuable team member and had he not been hurt Megna nor Middleton would have not played.

Bob D

I am not sure there is enough evidence to say he was developing into a valuable team member. He has been touted heavily, but developing any faster than anyone else in the system? And you mention Middleton, now there’s an example of someone who made the most of his opportunity, and because he wasn’t some high draft pick the sharks sold him while he was hot. Megna got his first nhl goal 8 years after turning pro and is awarded a 2 year deal, so lucky as well that the golden pick got hurt.

KE

Sure hope he makes the team. His infection should t happen. It seems the healthcare team failed him – sad. But hopefully the training rehab team has put him back together again.

KE

Don’t know who put the neg but unless you’re in the healthcare field your input isn’t valid. Hospital acquired infections are the result of failed healthcare. Read up on it and educate yourself – I didn’t state it was a botched surgery I stated healthcare failed him by him getting an infection – this is reported internally in hospitals risk management and patient safety.

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