T.J. Oshie is making progress as he works his way back from a significant injury, but it still could be a few weeks before the Capitals’ first line right wing suits up for a game.
On Friday, Oshie joined his teammates for the morning skate, though he was a (very) limited participant. It marked Oshie’s first on-ice activity, in a team setting, since getting hurt a week ago.
“Today has been the best day so far,” he said. “Just get out there and skate with the guys again. You feel like when you’re not playing, your schedules are kinda opposite. When they’re on the ice, you’re in the training room. And when they come off, you kinda make room to make sure everyone gets their treatment. It’s just good mentally to get out there and snap it around with the fellas.”
Oshie suffered an upper body injury early in the 1-0 win over the Red Wings.
In recent days, though, he’s begun ramping up his conditioning by skating with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish.
”I feel pretty good,” Oshie said after Friday’s 30-minute session. “The training staff has done a pretty good job of keeping me in shape and giving me the treatment I need. So I think we’re on a pretty good track.”
The injury has disrupted what was shaping up to be a career-year for Oshie, who had scored eight goals in his first 17 games. But what’s bothered him the most since going down is the sense of helplessness he feels during games.
“It’s more frustrating not being able to play when you see the team [take] a loss and you’re up in the rafters or you’re watching down in the training room,” Oshie said. “The individual stuff, that’ll all even itself out. But not being able help the team on a night when they didn’t have their best [game] is tough. It’s also not being able to get on the bench and cheer when the team when the team’s playing well. That’s what I’m most looking forward to getting back to.”
Trotz said the timeframe for Oshie’s return has not changed.
“He’s still week-to-week, but he’s making progress,” he said. “He can get in shape; his legs are fine.”
Oshie concurred, adding, “It’s a little new for me. Just going day-by-day.”