In the never-ending saga of Patrick Kane and his wrist injury, it would appear that he is actually ahead of schedule in his recovery.
This report comes just a week after Kane said that he was hoping to be ready for the regular season opener against the Dallas Stars. The statement by Kane caught many off guard, as most had assumed that his recovery was right on schedule.
That report was refuted by one that came out just a couple days later, when team doctors said that Kane was on track to be ready to open training camp, when the Blackhawks open on September 17th.
An even newer report that just came out now has Kane ahead of schedule, all but erasing any doubt that he would be ready for the regular season. Kane, who was one of five Blackhawks to throw out the first pitch at Monday’s Blackhawks Day at Wrigley Field, said he is set to get his splint on his wrist taken off on the 15th of September.
Once Kane gets that splint off, it is expected that he will be able to perform all hockey related activities, meaning we should see him for the entirety of training camp, and as many as four preseason games.
If he does get his splint off on the 15th, as expected, it will essentially meet the timetable that was initially expected for Kane to be fully recovered. He had surgery on July 19th, with an estimated recovery period of six to eight weeks.
Kane had 73 points for the Blackhawks last season and is one of the biggest keys for them if they’re hoping to make another run deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Things look good right now for Kane, and with a strong camp, assuming he’s healed and ready to go as we’re hearing, he could get off to a fast start in 2011-12.