Ostapchuk is set to return to the Giants lineup, but Lysell looks doubtful for Friday’s opener.

Zack Ostapchuk missed the Giants ‘opener on Saturday because he was still in NHL camp and the Bruins’ Fabian Lysell suffered an upper body injury that night.

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It appears that Boston Bruins prospect Fabian Lysell will not play for the Vancouver Giants in their first home game against the Prince George Cougars on Friday at the Langley Events Center.

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Lysell did not skate with the Giants in Thursday’s practice at the LEC. General manager Barclay Parneta continues to list the Swedish winger with an upper body injury on a day-to-day basis, but Lysell hasn’t skated all week.

Lysell, who was the Bruins ‘first-round pick, No. 21 overall, in this summer’s draft, was unchanged in the closing minutes of the Giants’ 5-0 season-opening win over the Hostess Victoria Royals last time. Saturday.

However, Vancouver should have forward Zack Ostapchuk in the lineup. He missed Saturday’s game because he was still at the Ottawa Senators training ground. Senators selected Ostapchuk in the second round this summer and signed him to his initial three-year contract on September 29. He was reassigned to the Giants Sunday.

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Vancouver did some limited line runs on Thursday and Ostapchuk teamed up with Justin Lies to flank center Ty Thorpe. Payton Mount, who had been with Lies and Thorpe on Saturday, was taking Lysell’s place with winger Adam Hall and center Justin Sourdif.



Prince George Cougars vs. the Vancouver Giants

7:30 pm, Langley Event Center. Radio: 650 AM

The Giants (1-0-0-0) have a relatively quiet October schedule, with just six games this month. Prince George (0-1-0-0), who started the process with a 5-4 loss to the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Saturday, has a contrasting 10.

Vancouver’s next game after Friday is at home against the Blazers on October 16.

The showdown with Prince George will mark Vancouver’s first game in the LEC since February 28, 2020, when they shut out the Royals 3-0. Vancouver played a 22-game season last spring at empty stadiums in Kamloops and Kelowna as part of the Division BC center.

Vancouver is 14-7-2-0 against the Cougars in the past five seasons.


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