Ilya Mikheyev's Agent Takes To Social Media To Appeal To Canucks Fans

One day after his first full practice since knee surgery eight months ago, Ilya Mikheyev has been placed on Injured Reserve by the Vancouver Canucks to start the season. The two-way winger is crucial to the Canucks hopes this season, and to all Vancouver fans who are wondering why he isn't ready to return yet, his agent has taken to social media to plead his client's case.

"Good evening", wrote Dan Milstein, "I wanted to clear up Ilya Mikheyev’s injury situation in Vancouver. Every player heals differently. He’s been working very hard to get ready, just needs a bit more time and then will be back in the lineup. The Canucks have been great in working with Ilya during his surgery and rehabilitation. I know he soon will be ready and hungry to play. "

Mikheyev spent the previous two weeks wearing the non-contact jersey while on the ice with his teammates at practice, perhaps raising some eyebrows as to why he couldn't be more involved.

“It's just one more step because, again, it's a long way (rehabbing from surgery),” Mikheyev said this weekend in his first media availability. “Now we don't need to rush. Just a little step every day, every week. It feels better.”

The 29-year-old forward (happy birthday to him on Tuesday) had the surgery at the beginning of February, and at the time, the team said he should be ready to go for the new season. 

It'll now take just a little bit longer. 

Mikheyev recorded 28 points in 46 games for the Canucks last season, after three years with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

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