It’s safe to say that David Krejci
has been much luckier than some of the other Bruins standouts that have suffered concussions in recent years. The 24-year-old centerman has been on the ice with the B’s since Friday and seems to be on the fast track to a full recovery and a clean bill of health.
“He’s coming on the trip with us. He passed a neuropysch test and now it’s a matter of moving onto the next stage and when he’s 100 % and when the doctors, our doctors, feel he is 100% in him, he’ll be ready to go,” Head Coach Claude Julien commented after practice at Ristuccia Arena on Tuesday.
Since passing his preliminary tests, Krejci has been skating once a day and working out to make sure he is in prime condition upon his return.
“I just go out there and take it as a normal practice. Just go out there try to get the puck and skate. Get the legs moving and get a feel for the game again and we’ll see how it goes,” Krejci explained.
With the team currently loaded with a number of games in a very short period of time, Krejci is especially eager to get back in the lineup and has taken it upon himself to find the ice time.
“I can practice even if the [healthy] guys don’t practice. I skate on my own or with the other guys trying to get back in the game, so it doesn’t really matter if [the team] has a game. I get on the ice once every day.”
Despite all the shooting, passing, and skating drills, Coach Julien and his five-year veteran center are anxiously awaiting the green light for full contact.
“It’s more about being able to [hit], which he hasn’t taken any of yet and he’s got to start by doing that,” Coach Julien said.
“I am [excited] and then I can be a little worried about what’s going to happen, but eventually it’s going to come. I passed the test, so I think I can try to go with some of the guys’ contacts, but you know, that’s part of the test too,” Krejci added.
“Hopefully, the next time I go out there and have contact, I’ll feel good and I’ll be able to tell you guys that I feel good and ready to go and that’s it.
“We’ll be talking about the games and not my concussion.”---Ashley Robbins