NEWARK, N.J. -- Defenseman Bryce Salvador missed all of last season because of a concussion. To avoid another this season, he offered some sage advice.
"Don't get hit in the face with a slap shot," he said.
That's how Salvador said he first suffered his injury two years ago and some hits during the preseason last year led to his concussion. He was back on the ice Saturday at the start of Devils training camp and said he feels no effects from the injury.
"I think it was definitely a learning experience, showing that not all concussions are the same," Salvador said. "It was just fun to be back. It's been a long time since I've had that kind of energy going through me. It was a 'nice to be alive' kind of thing. It's good to be back out there."
As long as Salvador doesn't suffer any setbacks, he will be one of the Devils' top-six defensemen and could find himself playing alongside rookie Adam Larsson. The two were paired at times during the day's second session, but Salvador said that wasn't planned and just happened as they were cycling through seven defensemen during the session.