Video circulated of Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson skating with team power skating coach Marc Power on Monday afternoon.
For many, this is the first opportunity to see the 22-year-old defender on ice since his Achilles Tendon was lacerated on Feb. 13 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The tear went through 70 percent of Karlsson's Achilles and in the opinions of many, all but ended his season.
In the video, Karlsson is seen skating backwards and forwards, as well as moving his ankles side-to-side. In essence, it didn't appear as though he experienced any discomfort when going through the motions of rudimentary skating moves. At the end of the clip, he is seen participating in a figure-eight drill where he is forced to make sharp movements in a small space.
The full clip can be seen here, via Dan Seguin of CBC Ottawa:
According to Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, Karlsson has been texting him and informed him that he still hopes to return this season. Of course, that still might be a ways off. Karlsson is one of the most talented (if not the most talented) young defenseman in the game today.
While Ottawa appears to be a team that will qualify for the postseason, the last thing the Senators could afford is Karlsson to rush back and sustain a setback.