The youngest member of the Vancouver Canucks is the latest to test positive for COVID-19. Nils Höglander was added to the NHL's COVID protocol list on Monday, bringing the total number of Canucks on the list to 17.
According to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger on Sunday, the latest addition to the protocol list has indeed tested positive for COVID-19 and is not simply isolating as a high-risk close contact.
The list does not include members of the Canucks' taxi squad or coaching staff.
The coronavirus has steamrolled through the Canucks lineup since Adam Gaudette's initial positive test result came back last Tuesday. At this point, there are now just six players on the Canucks' active roster who are not on the NHL's COVID protocol list.
This is the second time that Höglander has dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak on his team. In November, his SHL team, Rögle BK, had an outbreak that forced the team into a two-week delay in their schedule. At the time, Höglander evaded the virus, testing negative but was not as fortunate with the current Canucks outbreak.
The Canucks who have contracted COVID-19 are experiencing a wide array of symptoms, from those who are asymptomatic to mild symptoms to a few with more severe symptoms, in one case requiring an IV. ESPN's Emily Kaplan has reported that some of those experiencing the worst symptoms have improved over the weekend.
While the NHL has only postponed games through April 6th, it is likely that more games will be postponed as the Canucks' COVID list continues to expand.
Here are the 17 Canucks players currently on the NHL's COVID protocol list: