"It's a long process but my goal is to be ready for the start of the season," Versteeg told the Miami Herald. "I guess we'll see how training camp goes. I don't want to go into a regular-season game without knowing what training camp is like. I think I'll be there for most of it. That's my goal."
The Panthers start training camp next week and open the regular season Oct. 3 at home against the Dallas Stars.
Versteeg had surgery after he injured the ACL in his right knee March 12 during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had said he expected to return in November.