The Sea Dogs have announced that 17-year old Slovakian forward Juraj Siska, the 9th overall pick in this past summer’s CHL Import Draft, has returned home to continue rehabbing his neck and back.
From the Sea Dogs press release:
"Juraj spent the last three weeks practicing and training with the team," said Sea Dogs' Head Coach and General Manager Mike Kelly. "While he has worked very hard over that period, he is still a long way from being fit enough to play at this level. He has enjoyed his time here but he needs to go back home and follow up on some procedures that he hopes will speed up his recovery so that he can be ready to play at a high level."
"He will return to Nitra, Slovakia, where he will continue to receive treatment and we will be in close contact with him and his agent so that we can monitor his progress. We are obviously disappointed that Juraj cannot join us at this point, but we will not put a player into the lineup if we believe he runs the risk of further injury."
So there’s that.
Siska played last season with HC Nitra in Slovakia’s Under-20 league. He registered a point-per-game in 27 contests, scoring 12 goals and adding 15 assists. He has received mixed reviews from scouts but was listed as a “C skater” by Central Scouting for the 2014 NHL Draft.