19-year-old rookie Nolan Patrick is close to returning to the Philadelphia Flyers’ lineup.
According to the official website of the Flyers, Patrick joined the Flyers for a full day of practice on Monday for the first time in over a week.
The Flyers provided some quotes from Patrick after the skate:
“It was fun to get back out there and be a part of the team again. It was a pretty short skate, but it felt good,” said Patrick. “It’s frustrating for anyone when you’re injured and I’m trying to stay positive and not really think of it that way, and when I come back I’ll try and contribute as much as I can.
Patrick could return as soon as this week, pending clearance from a number of different areas.
“It’s good to have him back with the group,” said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol. “It’s early in the process. He’s on the front end of conditioning, timing, there’s a lot of things that have to come back to game level and that’s no different than any player and certainly for a younger player. He’s going to work hard at that and he has been working hard at that.”
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 13, 2017
He was in a yellow jersey Monday, jumping in and out of drills during the skate and told the media that he will be joining the team on their two-day trip to Minnesota and Winnipeg — his hometown.
I don’t think so. I think they’re pegging Thursday for a return. https://t.co/QEK4FpWNrc
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) November 13, 2017
“Hopefully I’ll be ready to go, it will be pretty cool to play in my hometown. I think I was in Grade 8 when they got the team so it was obviously pretty exciting. I remember I was in home-economics class sewing, that’s when I found out they got the team back. It was pretty cool for Winnipeg and everyone around the city was pretty fired up for that.”
Patrick has been out of the lineup since Oct. 24 against Anaheim when he had his head smashed against the glass by Ducks’ forward Chris Wagner.
The top line has been carrying the load for the Flyers and Patrick’s return couldn’t come at a better time. The youngster has put up one goal and two assists through nine games and will be gladly welcome back into the lineup.
The Flyers are back in action Tuesday against Minnesota.