Oshie skates with teammates but hasn't been cleared for contact - KMOV.com

Oshie skates with teammates but hasn't been cleared for contact

(HockeySTL)-- T.J. Oshie continues to progress in his recovery from a concussion. The forward was among the Blues’ skaters on the ice for Monday’s practice.

While Oshie’s return is not imminent, the player’s appearance on the ice and the length of his participation on Monday was surprising.

"I was shocked that he stayed there the whole time," Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock told Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I knew he was coming out for the first part. He had a long day today. He was here at 8 o'clock in the morning and he's still here (after practice). To go through what he went through, he was out there for everything. “

Oshie was reportedly very involved in the practice, but his participation was limited by his powder blue no-contact jersey. Until he is cleared for contact and sheds the jersey, he will not be able to return to action.

But that day appears to be inching closer as Oshie has seemingly shown significant improvements just days after Hitchcock said the forward was still a ways away from being ready to increase his workload.

“He’s still a ways away yet,” Hitchcock said Saturday after Oshie skated for the first time since sustaining the head injury. “He’s certainly not ready to join us yet. It’ll be a while.”

Oshie had been a consistent visitor at the rink leading up to Monday. He made his first appearance last Thursday and skated on his own prior to the team’s practice Saturday. It was the first time since Oct. 28 that Oshie had been seen around the team.

Prior to sustaining the injury, Oshie had one point in eight games.

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