BRIGHTON, Mass – There’s finally some good news on the Charlie McAvoy front as the second-year defenseman has skated for a couple of days in a row after missing three-plus weeks with concussion symptoms.
McAvoy hasn’t played since an Oct. 18 road loss to Edmonton where he complained of concussion symptoms after the game. Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that diagnosis while the team still seems unsure of exactly when the head injury happened.
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McAvoy, 20, skated once briefly two weeks ago, skated again briefly on Friday and then worked pre-morning skate with skating guru Kim Branvold on Saturday at Warrior Ice Arena along with fellow injured Bruins Kevan Miller and Urho Vaakanainen.
“Charlie’s timeline is such that he had some similar issues in and around training camp, but definitively had a conversation coming out of the Edmonton game that he had concussion symptoms. At that point, we sent Charlie home and he’s been in the concussion protocol since then,” said Sweeney. “He’s been progressing, but until we have definitive answers on things we’re going to allow our medical staff to form the correct diagnosis. We’re at the stage where there’s no timeline, but obviously, he’s back on the ice and making progress. We’ll continue to see where that goes.”
McAvoy will miss his ninth and tenth games of the season this weekend when the Bruins face the Maple Leafs and Golden Knights in back-to-back home games, but it will be interesting to see if he takes a West Coast trip with the team next week. That would be a pretty good indication that McAvoy is nearing a return while working his way back into game shape, but he’s still got a few hurdles to surpass in the concussion protocol.
With McAvoy, Vaakanainen and Miller still out and Noel Acciari a healthy scratch for Saturday night vs. the Leafs, here are the projected line combos and D-pairings:
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