Adam Pelech participated in the Islanders full team practice on Monday, skating with the team for the first time since Jan. 17.
Pelech took morning skate with the Islanders on Jan. 17, but was ruled out of the game with an upper-body injury. Two days later he was placed on injured reserve. Head Coach Jack Capuano said he’s almost at 100% medically, but that there’s still going to be some time – and potentially a conditioning stint – before he returns to action.
“He’s still quite a ways away,” Capuano said. “We’re just trying to get him out here and determine if he needs a conditioning stint. I’m sure Garth will make that decision as we move forward. The fact that he’s out here means that he’s progressing, but he’s still some time away.”
There's no need for the Islanders to rush Pelech back to the lineup, as they are currently carrying seven defensemen.
“He’s almost where he needs to be medically,” Capuano said. “Now it’s making sure that both medically he’s fine and maybe get him some games or let him practice. Again, that’ll be Garth’s decision.”
Pelech recorded his first two NHL points – both assists – against the New York Rangers on Jan. 14.