Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk took part in about half of practice Monday.
Datsyuk had surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his right ankle on June 26, and the initial prognosis was he would be able to return in the middle of November. Datsyuk said his practice appearance Monday doesn't change that timetable.
"Feels better than when I started skating, but it's hard to keep good pace," Datsyuk said. "Team skates fast. I feel more confident, but it's not close yet."
Datsyuk has been skating on his own for the past two weeks. He said he'll continue that for now, but will join the team when he has the chance.
On Monday he took part in east/west sprints but left when the Red Wings started to do line rushes. The Red Wings host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
"It's a tough one, first time skating with the team," Datsyuk said. "You're always the last guy. I need more skates with the team and to keep pace and push myself."
Datsyuk's teammates were happy to have him at practice in whatever capacity.
"It was great," Niklas Kronwall said. "Anytime he's around the team it feels good. It was awesome to see him out there again."