Krejci recorded an assist in 18:59 worth of ice time in Thursday's 6-3 win over Columbus.
Krejci, who centered a line in Thursday's season opener with Ryan Spooner and Danton Heinen on the wings, has re-established his health and is thus in line to retain his top-six role and power play assignment for the B's going forward. The team figures to do some line-shuffling once Patrice Bergeron returns, but for now, versatile veteran David Backes, who had been on track to play on Krejci's line, is working with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, with that trio having combined for 12 points Thursday.
Krejci, who is bouncing back from offseason hip surgery, is thus on track to be ready to go for the
We'll have to see if Krejci, who is bouncing back from offseason hip surgery, suits up for the contest, but the fact that he's listed on the team's roster in advance of the game suggests that there's a solid chance he will do so. If that's the case, and the center suffers no setbacks in his return, then his chance of being good to go for the B's regular season opener would improve.
Krejci has been cleared to participate in training camp, Caryn Swtiaj of NHL.com reports.
Krejci is five months into his rehab from hip surgery and commented Thursday, "I'm not there yet, but I'm close." Bruins general manager Don Sweeney stated that him and fellow recovering iceman Torey Krug will be worked into training camp in a "modified contact situation" where they will be semi-full participants in drills before their workload gets ramped up. It seems likely that Krejci, with three more weeks of recovery time in front of him, will be ready for the Bruins' season opener Oct. 13 against the Blue Jackets.
Krejci only began skating towards the latter half of August, so it should come as no surprise that he won't be ready to return to action in time for the World Cup. Arguably the best player named to the Czech squad, this is certainly a setback in their already slim chances of winning the tournament. It remains unclear what, if any, impact this will have on the center's availability for the start of the upcoming campaign, meaning fantasy owners will want to continue monitoring this situation throughout the preseason.