Entering training camp, Hurricanes prospect Vasily Ponomarev was expected to compete for the fourth-line center spot for Carolina. Ponomarev impressed during last week’s Southeast Rookie Showcase, furthering confidence in his readiness at the NHL level.
After participating in one day of training camp, it appears his NHL debut will have to wait, as head coach Rod Brind’Amour announced on Saturday that the 21-year old will miss some time after tweaking his knee.
“[It’s] nothing serious, but enough that it’s going to keep him out for a little bit,” said Brind’Amour.
Some unfortunate news out of #Canes camp, as Rod Brind'Amour says that Vasily Ponomarev will be sidelined for a little while due to the tweak he suffered in his knee.
"Nothing serious, but enough that it's going to keep him out for a little bit." pic.twitter.com/rbu5XaSKlY
— Walt Ruff (@WaltRuff) September 23, 2023
Ponomarev joined the C2, or second, group in Thursday’s opening day of camp, which is comprised of both prospects and PTOs.
When he was absent from the group’s skate on Friday, it was originally suspected that he may be joining the NHL group, but Brind’Amour later revealed that he had suffered a knee injury and would be evaluated.
While there are still 18 days until the season opener against Ottawa, the fight for the 4C spot may be down to Ryan Suzuki and Jack Drury.
Brind’Amour did not provide a specific timetable for Ponomarev’s return, but it appears he will not miss much time once the season begins.