On Thursday Bruins forward Gregory Campbell took to the ice at a Bruins team skate. You might remember that Campbell broke his leg blocking a shot from the point in the Bruins Game 3 win of the Eastern Conference Finals in early June.
Even though Campbell is weeks away from full contact, the site of him skating around is truly remarkable. Normally, the expected recovery time following the surgery is 6 to 8 months. Instead, Campbell cut the recovery time down by more than half.
The optimism surrounding the young center's situation is justifiably high, but according to Campbell, there was a time during the rehabilitation process, where things looked like they might take a turn for the worse. The Bruins fourth-line center told reporters
“I actually felt the screws because of where the incision was and where the plate is,”Campbell told NHL.com in August. “So it’s underneath my skate there on the side. So when I tightened it up and I moved my ankle back and forth, I actually felt the screws, which surprised me because I didn’t think I would. But I was talking to people; I have to tweak the boot a little bit so there’s not much pressure on the area.”
The severity of the injury makes nothing certain, but if Campbell's recovery continues to progress at this rate, then both the player and the organization are hopeful that he could be ready in time for training camp in roughly a week.
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