The big news from practice on Wednesday afternoon was Brian Campbell skating with the rest of the team. When he had his clavicle and rib broken by Alex Ovechkin early on in March, it was expected he’d miss the next 8 weeks. While it is encouraging to see Campbell able to participate in normal drills, it still seems like he’s some weeks away from returning. Campbell, himself, doesn’t seem all that optimistic he’ll return before the 8 week mark.
“We’ll see how it goes, but I’ve got a ways yet,” Campbell said. “I’ll see the doctor again this week and we’ll see. I’m not trying to put a timetable on things. I just know I will not be playing Friday.”
Other than that, the Hawks are pretty much locked in terms of roster for their upcoming series with Nashville. Troy Brouwer returned to the team after tending to his sick father. He skated on a line with Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane. The fourth line remains the same with Colin Fraser centering Tomas Kopecky and Ben Eager. Bryan Bickell is still with the team and will most likely be the first forward called into duty should something happen.
There was still no progress for Kim Johnsson and it’s looking increasingly evident that Adam Burish will only see limited action for the rest of the year. Even with his pending free agency this summer, there’s still a chance he will return next year. He’ll come at a cheaper price tag than Ben Eager and he might be the safer bet anyway. So fear not lovers of Burish. You may have not seen the last of him.
There should be a more thorough breakdown of this series coming up in the next 24 hours but I won’t make any promises what with real life starting to put a stranglehold on my free time.