ALBANY, NY – Just last week Head Coach Rick Kowalsky classified Paul Thompson as out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. A good sign for the Albany Devils is the team’s leading scorer from last year has resumed skating with the team Tuesday.
The Devils practiced at Knickerbacker Ice Arena in preparations for Wednesday’s affair against Providence at Times Union Center. However, Thompson’s status for the 7 pm game is still unknown.
“We’ll get some more information this afternoon, but he should be cleared to play, and just be a decision on whether it’s worth putting him in with limited practice time,” Kowalsky said. “He skated Saturday, Sunday, took Monday off. This was his first skate with the team, so we’ll see how he feels first and probably make a decision tomorrow.”
Thompson, who set a franchise record with 33 goals in 2014-15, has 11 in 41 games this season. Additionally, he has contributed 16 assists and is a +5.
He missed time at the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury suffered during the end of October.
Because each injury is different there is no exact timetable on when players are set to return or how much practice they will need. The team has to take the information available and make a rational decision.
“It depends on how long they are out, the type of injury and then, we sometimes can get guys in right away into practice,” Kowalsky said. “With him, it was about just getting back and feeling the puck and getting those skates in. Then you increase the intensity of the workouts off ice and on ice, and the final stage is getting involved in practice and getting back into some game situations and battles.”
If Wednesday isn’t the day, then Thompson could make his return during one of the team’s road games this weekend: at Utica Saturday (7 pm) and at Bridgeport Sunday (5 pm).