Ales Hemsky skated in full gear with the team this morning at practice. He left the game in Dallas on January 14, and flew back to Edmonton for further evaluation after he took a shot off his ankle.
Since then, Hemsky has skated three times and looks to tomorrow’s practice as an indicator of where he’s at in his recovery.
“This is my third skate,” Hemsky said. “The first time, I skated by myself and this is the second time I’ve skated with the team. It’s getting better. It’s still sore, but I knew it would be sore for a while. But, on the other hand, it’s not broken, it’s not cracked. It just depends on how much pain you can take in the skate.”
Hemsky says the main discomfort comes from walking around out of his skates.
“It’s actually better in the skate than walking. Just like, the tight turns and I didn’t try many battles yet like in the corners. I guess we have another practice tomorrow and I’ll just go from there.”
No timeline has been set for Hemsky, however he could be ready to go as soon as the Oilers next game against Phoenix.
“I could play maybe on Friday, but I still don’t know. I’ll go tomorrow for practice and then I’ll see what will happen.”
Hemsky is happy that the injury should not affect the forward’s participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He is set to represent the Czech Republic.
“Of course I was worried,” he said about the possibility that the injury was more serious. “I just don’t want to be injured. I’ve had many problems before and like I said, I’ve felt pretty good all year, I haven’t had any problems. It was kind of a little blow for me. In the end, it’s nothing I can do and just, I’m happy it’s not broken so I can just get better and get back as soon as possible.”
Hemsky has 24 points (7-17-24) in 48 games this season.