Noel Acciari played the majority of the 2017-18 season with a nagging injury that severely impacted his skating. After an offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia and a full summer of rehab, the 26-year-old is feeling more like his old self.
"I'm definitely moving a lot better than I was last year," said Acciari. "I'm not at the speed I used to be, but it's getting there. I think each day's getting a lot better where I'm standing still to get my feet going quick and getting to the puck. I think each day, like I said before, is just progressing, and I'm excited to see that and feeling as good as I do right now. I'm excited for the season to get going, to take that next step and keep my game going."
Acciari played injured for parts of six months, and he fought through pain every step of the way.
"I think my biggest issue last year was trying to get my legs going," said Acciari. "Every stride was painful last year, and the fact that I don't have that right now is great, and I feel awesome. I just can't wait for the season to start."
Video: Acciari discusses lines and recovery from injury
Once the season does get underway, the Rhode Island native is confident he will find success regardless of who he plays next to.
"I'm not sure what the lines are going to be," said Acciari. "Whatever they may be, my game is an easy, simple game. I think whoever I play with, whether it be Sean [Kuraly], Chris [Wagner] or [Joakim] Nordstrom or whoever it is, I think they'll figure it out soon enough where it's just get pucks in. It's a simple game, get pucks to the net, take the body, and I'm easy to feed off of and I'll open up some space if I can."
Joe Sacco commented on both Acciari and Krug, who skated for the full duration of practice for the first time.
"It was good to see him and Torey [Krug] take part in what was a full practice for both those guys for the first time today," said Sacco. "I thought they both responded pretty well today because it was a, the first part of the practice was more skating and just involved a little more flow and then the second part was a little more tactical, a little more tactical situations. They both looked pretty good out there for their first time back in a full practice."
Video: Sacco discusses Saturday's lineup