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Isles Day to Day: Ladd Practices in No-Contact Jersey

Andrew Ladd was on the ice with the Islanders for Saturday's session at Northwell Health Ice Center

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Andrew Ladd is still a little ways from returning to game action, but the Islanders forward practiced with the team - in a non-contact jersey - for the first time this season on Saturday.

Ladd, who is not expected to return until the latter part of November as he recovers from a torn ACL, is expected to continue skating with the Islanders without contact for the forseeable future. 

"The plan right now is that he'll practice with us in a non-contract jersey for a while," Head Coach Barry Trotz said. "He'll be a bit limited, but just being around the guys and part of the group will mentally, be real good for him."

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Ladd was limited to 26 games last season, and hasn't played since March 24. Trotz said integrating Ladd back into the group should be a mental boost for the Islanders forward, who has spent much of the last year rehabbing. 

"Mentally it's good for him," Trotz said. "He's had a rough patch here where he's had to do a lot of rehab for a long time. That gets old. You're here at 6 a.m. and you're rehabbing and on the ice and basically almost out the door before anyone is here in terms of teammates. It's a hard process for him mentally to stay in it, so getting him back in the group just has to be a mental boost for him forsure."

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