Bowen Byram is nearing a return to game action.
With the rest of the team (outside of Kurtis MacDermid) is taking a well-earned break before the stretch run, the young defenseman is still working.
Having not played much hockey this season, and trying to get back to action as soon as possible, Byram was skating hard at Family Sports on Tuesday afternoon. He was on the ice working with MacDermid and development coach Steve Reinprecht. The 21 year old has not played since Nov. 4.
With only two skaters, there’s only so much you can do. Reinprecht created some drills for the two to stay sharp. The start of the skate was focused on breakouts and moving the puck, an area Byram excels.
Towards the end of the session, the focus was on defending. One of the skaters would hold the puck along the boards, while the other tried to take it off their stick and keep the puck carrier away from the net. It’s all part of the process for Byram, as he looks to get his timing back.
It’s not the most entertaining day at the rink, but to my eye, Byram looks quick. A few weeks back, he was taking it easy and did not look comfortable. That wasn’t the case today. He was confident with his movement and was not holding back. A good sign moving forward. The team is expected to return to the ice, officially, Sunday afternoon. It will be interesting to see if Byram is ready for game action on Feb. 7, when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Take a look for yourself with a few videos. Stay tuned to CHN for more updates as the season goes on.