EAST MEADOW, NY– The New York Islanders have been without elite defenseman Adam Pelech for quite some time. After sustaining an upper-body injury on Dec. 6 in a 7-4 loss to the St. Louis Blues, it had been over a month with no news.
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However, on Jan. 9, New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert shared that Adam Pelech had been skating on his own.
And on Thursday morning, Pelech was on the ice before morning skate:
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Pelech is currently on Injured Reserve retroactive to Dec. 6, and there is no timetable on when he can return to the lineup. But he was flying around the ice and seemed to have made significant strides over the last week.
“Yeah, he provided some energy even today, just [at] the morning skate with the guys,” New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson said. “It’s fun to see him out there.”
Islanders head coach Lane Lambert did not have much as to when we could expect Pelech back, but Thursday morning was a critical step in the right direction.
“Well, he’s getting closer,” Lambert said. “Whatever that closer might be, now that he’s back on the ice. So it’s a big step for us.”