Calgary Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane is expected to be ready for training camp after undergoing shoulder surgery in April.
“I have to get cleared for kind of the physical contact and doing all that stuff, but as far as on the ice, I’m shooting, passing, practicing like I normally would, and working out like I normally would,” Mangiapane said Monday, per NHL.com’s Aaron Vickers. “Still have to keep up with the physio and making everything stronger, but it’s looking good right now. Everything is going as planned. The medical team and the surgeon is saying it’s looking great.
“I’m excited to go back out and just play, and now I’m 100% fully healthy and everything like that. It’s just more exciting to go back and be ready for camp and start the ball rolling for me.”
Mangiapane said he suffered the ailment in October but gutted it out and still managed to suit up in all 82 games.
“It was kind of a weird injury,” Mangiapane said. “I didn’t really think anything was going on that was too serious and all that, but it happened early on, and it just kept bugging me throughout the whole season. Some games were worse than others.”
The 27-year-old winger’s production took a hit as a result. After racking up 35 goals and 20 assists in 2021-22, he managed just 17 goals and 26 helpers this past season.
Mangiapane has no doubt he can return to his previous form.
“I don’t see any reason why I can’t get back to that or do better,” he said. “It’s there for me. I’ve done it in the past. I think for me, I’ve just got to go out there and play my game, be tenacious and hardworking, and the scoring opportunities and the goals will come for me.”
The Flames drafted Mangiapane in the sixth round in 2015 and signed him to a three-year contract carrying a $5.8-milion cap hit during the 2022 offseason. In parts of six seasons in Calgary, he’s averaged 23 goals and 19 assists per 82 games.
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