VANCOUVER (AP) _ Vancouver defenseman Bryan Allen appears ready to start playing again after the latest in a series of career-threatening injuries.
Allen, the fourth pick in the 1998 draft has been practicing regularly with the Canucks and could be sent to Syracuse of the AHL this week to get into some games.
``I don’t know what they have planned for me; I just know that I want to play,″ the 19-year-old Allen told the Vancouver Province. ``This is the best I’ve felt in a while.″
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound defenseman hasn’t played all year after undergoing two operations in October _ one to correct a partially separated left shoulder and another to repair cartilage damage in his left knee.
Two years ago, he had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee. This summer, Allen fractured his right ankle falling on stairs at his home.
The Canucks signed Allen to a $3 million, three-year deal in May.