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Chychrun Skates, Impresses Tocchet with Commitment to Recovery

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun, who is sidelined indefinitely because of a knee injury, skated at the team's practice rink in Scottsdale before the morning skate on Saturday.

Chychrun is rehabbing after surgery on Aug. 3. Head Coach Rick Tocchet said his skate, in full practice gear, was his first since the surgery. Chychrun injured his knee during off-season training and is expected to make a full recovery.

"I've got to give the guy (credit)," Tocchet said. "When you talk about a commitment level, Jakob Chychrun's got it. He's got that commitment level, that accountability. He went to Philadelphia (to rehab) by himself, and he trained there with the proper guy. He's there every day doing whatever it takes to get back into the lineup. I love that stuff. That sort of commitment is incredible. We need that around here."

Tocchet said there is no official timeline in place for Chychrun's return. He also said the team would not rush the 19-year-old blueliner back to the lineup.

Chychrun played 68 games for the Coyotes as a rookie in 2016-17. He notched seven goals and 13 assists for Arizona, which traded up to draft him 16th overall in 2016.

Chychrun, who might join the Coyotes near the end of their upcoming five-game road trip, skated with goalie Antti Raanta on Saturday. Raanta is trying to recover from a lower-body injury that has restricted him to just three of the first seven games. Tocchet said Raanta would travel with the Coyotes when they leave on the lengthy journey to the east coast on Sunday. 

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