Trouble a-foot for Huberdeau?

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:42 AM ET

CALGARY - Jonathan Huberdeau is a lock to make Team Canada — if he’s healthy.

The Saint John Sea Dogs sniper did little to bolster Canadian fans’ hopes Saturday.

Huberdeau arrived at the Calgary airport wearing a walking boot to protect his injured foot.

And he didn’t sound like someone who was just being overly cautious.

“I keep feeling better, but it’s day-to-day,” Huberdeau said. “I don’t know yet.

“I’m just going to come here and see what happens. I’ll see the doctor here.”

The reigning Memorial Cup MVP hasn’t even tried to put a skate on, never mind get on the ice since he broke his foot Nov. 5.

He won’t skate with the rest of the hopefuls during Sunday’s morning workouts and won’t play in the first Red & White game Sunday night.

“I don’t know what the doctor is going to say,” he said. “I go day-by-day and we’ll see.

“Hopefully, I can skate. I can’t wait to go skate. I haven’t skated in four weeks.”

The Florida Panthers prospect is certainly not in game shape, but his all-world skills would be a welcome addition to the forward ranks if he can get back on the ice this week.

“At the beginning, I couldn’t ride the bike, but from now I can,” Huberdeau said. “I started getting into shape to hopefully come back soon.

“I need confidence. I need to be confident to play in practice.

“It doesn’t hurt that bad. It’s the bone, and it needed time to heal.”

Team Canada has other injuries and ailments to deal with.

Defenceman Ryan Murphy appears fully recovered from a concussion.

The Carolina Hurricanes first-rounder played the last five games with the Kitchener Rangers after missing a month.

Kingston Frontenacs forward Ryan Spooner was scratched before camp began after coming down with mononucleosis.

And Everett Silvertips blueliner Ryan Murray missed seven weeks with a high-ankle sprain before returning to action Friday.

“I got a game in, so I’m feeling pretty comfortable,” Murray said. “The ankle’s feeling pretty good, so I’m pretty excited to get on the ice.

“I was a little bit worried because it’s a nagging injury and it’s tough to come back from.”

Murray, the top-ranked WHLer for next summer’s NHL Entry Draft, said it was important for him to get back on the blades before heading to the selection camp.

“It was big just to get one game under my belt and get my timing back before coming here, where the tempo goes up again,” he said. “It was nice just to be able to go out and skate with my teammates again.”

Murray said he’ll do his best to forget about the injury while he’s on the ice while taking care of it between sessions.

“I have to favour it a little bit,” he said. “I’ll be physical and working hard, but I’ll definitely have to keep an eye on it.”

Murray wasn’t a part of last year’s meltdown against the Russians in the gold-medal game, but he’s eager to give Canadian fans a reason to forget about it.

“It was pretty heartbreaking watching that game,” he said. “It was a tough one to swallow.

“Canada always want to win the gold medal and that’s obviously the goal this year. I think it would be special to be a part of that.”

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