Six months after the defenseman underwent successful right shoulder surgery, he has joined the group of players skating at Fifth Third Arena for voluntary practices during Phase 2 of the NHL's Return to Play plan. Lineup regulars Adam Boqvist, Olli Maatta and David Kampf were also among the group skating this week as the calendar turned to July.
The 29-year-old played in 29 games for the Blackhawks prior to injuring his shoulder on Dec. 10 against the Vegas Golden Knights. He missed the first two games of the year still rehabbing from offseason surgery on the same shoulder, but became a big part of Chicago's top four and resurgent penalty kill, averaging the team's second highest time on ice while down a man at 2:41 per game.
"I thought the games he did play, he's steady back there," Colliton said. "He plays, I think, a hard game. He's not overly physical but he makes contact and he can get a stop in D-zone and very direct, makes simple plays with the puck, underhandles it, and he can make plays on the offensive blue line as well."