Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot is making progress as he recovers from a broken hand.
On Monday, he was one of the 10 players who participated in the Sens’ selection training. He participated in all exercises for about an hour.
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The 26-year-old ice hockey player resumed skating last week in Sweden, where he accompanied his teammates in a series of games organized by the country’s National League.
“I started last week and every time I’ve been on the ice since then, I’ve felt better,” said Chabot, whose comments were reported by the Ottawa Sun.
“Right now I’m focused on improving myself every day to feel better and more comfortable.”
“Today (Monday) I felt better shooting the puck. I’m slowly getting there, but we’re always in a rush to get back into the game. But you know what? The weather always helps and the guys came back from this trip with two wins, so that helps everybody.”
Hurt at the right time
The Senators placed Chabot’s name on the long-term injured list, meaning the Quebecer cannot return to action before Dec. 1. That day, the club from Ottawa met the Blue Jackets in Columbus. Chabot expects to be a part of this matchup.
“That’s what I’m aiming for and every day I skate I feel better, so it shouldn’t be a problem,” said the Sainte-Marie native.
Chabot was injured in a game against the New York Islanders on October 26. This type of injury usually takes four to six weeks to heal.
The “Sens” took advantage of the long vacation during his absence, especially because of the trip to Sweden. That makes Chabot happy.
“It’s perfect for me because I’ve only missed a few games. In a normal month of activity, I would probably miss another four or five games. I guess it was a good time to kind of get hurt, but I’m just excited to be back soon.”