Boston Bruins defenceman Charlie McAvoy is looking to make his return from injury following the Bruins’ 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday. The 24-year-old player returned to team practice last week and was spotted on the ice taking a lengthy skating session ahead of the Bruins’ convincing win in New York.
McAvoy underwent shoulder surgery during the offseason in order to address a complex shoulder injury that he incurred in Game 6 of the first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes last season. After undergoing an MRI, it was determined that the defenseman would have to undergo an arthroscopic stabilization on his left shoulder; a procedure that would see him sidelined for six months.
According to Bruins coach Jim Montgomery, McAvoy is gradually getting back into the swing of things with the team. “We’re just hopeful with him,” Montgomery stated, continuing, “No updated timeline. We have an internal process with him. He’s ahead of that Dec. 1 date, but we don’t know exactly. There are boxes to be checked.”
The 24-year-old player is currently considered to be one of the top defensemen in the NHL, scoring 56 points in 70 games last season and racking up a 24:38 average ice time with the Bruins.