Jason Pominville still isn't sure when he'll be back in a game for the Buffalo Sabres, but the right winger is encouraged by the rapid progress he's making.
Pominville, who has been out since suffering a concussion Oct. 11, practiced with his teammates for the first time today in HSBC Arena. He did all the noncontact drills, including end-to-end sprints at the end, and came through fine.
"It felt good. It’s definitely a big step," Pominville said. "Yesterday, I was out there on my own, didn’t really do much, just skated around and shot pucks. I wasn’t out there that long. Today, to actually be able to participate in a few flow drills was good, and I felt good, so that’s a big step."
Pominville reflected on his changes from the first few days after the injury, when he wasn't even allowed to watch television, use a wireless phone or surf the Internet. That inactivity sapped his fitness level, but he's eager to rebound after doctors gave him the OK to skate with the team.
"The game shape part is something that’s I’m going to have to work on," Pominville said. "I’m up to the task. I want to be back out there."