Juolevi, 20, had spent his season with the Utica Comets, the Canucks’ AHL affiliate, and hadn’t played since Nov. 17.
It was originally expected that the 2016 fifth-overall pick would only miss a couple of weeks. He was even skating with Utica as recently as Dec. 11.
However, the Canucks had Juolevi’s long-term interest in mind.
“After thorough evaluation, rest and conservative treatment, surgery was determined by Canucks medical staff, in consultation with specialists, as the best option for Juolevi’s long-term health and career,” the Canucks wrote in a release.
In 18 games with the Comets this season, the former London Knight scored one goal and added 12 assists in his first pro season.