Jakub Demek is not expected to make his Kamloops Blazers’ debut until some time in mid-February.
The Blazers acquired the 19-year-old forward Demek in a trade with the Edmonton Oil Kings on Nov. 14, with a tentative timeline of mid-to-late January for his return from a shoulder injury.
That timeline changed this past week, with input from the Vegas Golden Knights, who selected Demek in Round 4 of the 2021 NHL Draft.
The Blazers begin a six-game Central Division swing on Feb. 17 in Red Deer. Demek could make his debut on the road trip.
Demek, a 6-foot-4, 203-pound forward from Kosice, Slovakia, won the WHL championship last season with the Oil Kings.
The left-shot forward tallied 20 goals and 54 points in 55 regular-season games in 2021-2022, and racked up five goals and 17 points in 19 post-season contests.