All things considered, reckons Juuso Valimaki, the reacclimatization has gone rather smoothly.
"Those first couple of games were pretty tough," admits the blue-chip Flames' defence prospect. "Probably a little tougher than I'd imagined.
"But I'd never been out that long before, so it was all new territory for me.
"Trying to get used to the speed and playing games again, I felt I was finding my way back.
"After those first couple, though, things went quick. So looking on the flip side, it's not so bad if after a week and a half you're thinking: 'OK. Everything's fine. I'm good. This is how I should feel.'
"We're playing better as a team and that makes it easier for everyone individually.
"My confidence is up again.
"I'm back to where I want to be."