Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo participated in his first team practice Monday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center since suffering a lower-body injury early in training camp.
“Just getting back out there with the team, getting into drills and progressing. It’s fun,” Bortuzzo said. “We had a lot of guys and a good group. It’s fun to be out there with them.”
Bortuzzo took part in the majority of practice, including several contact drills.
“I thought he looked pretty good,” head coach Mike Johnston said. “The trainers felt that he had moved along well enough with his individual stuff on the ice to jump right in and partake in pretty much every drill.”
Bortuzzo, 25, left the team’s Sept. 25 preseason game against the Minnesota Wild with a lower-body injury. His recovery time was projected to take from 3-5 weeks.
“Everything is on schedule and progressing,” Bortuzzo said. “Today was a big step for myself, testing something things. There’s no real timetable.
“Everything is on schedule. We’re working hard and hoping to get back as soon as possible.”
Bortuzzo had been skating on his own with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar over the past week.
Forward Beau Bennett is currently skating on his own with Kadar as he works to recover from a lower-body injury suffered in late September.
“He’s still a couple weeks (away),” Johnston said.