Andre Burakovsky took another next step in his recovery from a broken right hand Sunday when he joined members of Washington's training and equipment staff for a small ice scrimmage at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Burakovsky did not go all out, but for nearly an hour he skated hard, handled the puck and made crisp passes. He also took several shots, though he appeared reluctant or unable to fire the puck as hard as he normally does.
Although the session was non-contact in nature, Burakovsky went hard enough that he made some incidental contact. He even went down a few times.
As he came off the ice afterward, he said his hand felt good and added that he hopes to join his teammates for practice in the coming week. He also acknowledged that the decision will ultimately be made by the team’s medical staff.
The third line winger has missed the Caps’ last 12 games.
The original prognosis was for Burakovsky to be sidelined until mid or to late March. The 22-year-old did not need surgery and had the cast removed on March 2.
Coach Barry Trotz said recently that he remains on schedule.
Burakovsky has been skating with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish for several weeks. He has yet, however, to practice with his teammates. His next opportunity to join the group will be Tuesday when the Caps hit the ice in Arlington for a morning skate ahead of hosting Bruce Boudreau and the Wild at Verizon Center.