Jochen Hecht's recovery from a training camp concussion took a step forward today, as the left winger participated fully in the Sabres' practice.
"Jochen was upgraded for contact today, so I would put him at the moderate level," coach Lindy Ruff said in First Niagara Center. "We didn’t really push him. I think he took it as far as he’s taken it so far and should continue to progress unless he has a setback during the week."
Hecht, injured on the second day of camp, has a chance of returning to the lineup this weekend. The Sabres host Carolina in the home opener Friday, and they travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
"I don’t think there’s any reason to rule him out right now," Ruff said. "I don’t there’s a good reason to say he could play Friday yet, either. We’re kind of in that situation where you evaluate after each practice. He will do extra after practice and be more involved in some physical stuff, then you wait to see the next day if there’s any ramifications on how he worked."
The Sabres' scoring line of left wing Thomas Vanek, center Luke Adam and captain Jason Pominville continued to get attention in the dressing room for their hot start. The interviews of Vanek, Adam and Ruff are below.