General manager Jason Botterill says Okposo (concussion) "should be ready for camp," Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
It was a scary finish to the season for Okposo, who was sent to intensive care after suffering adverse effects from medication, forcing him to miss the final six games. He finished with 19 goals and 45 points in 65 games in his first season in Buffalo, and also tied a career-high 23 power-play points. The Sabres should be making some big changes after a disappointing and frustrating season, but Okposo's considered one of the team's top players and will likely remain the team's top right winger.
Okposo suffered a concussion in late March and experienced adverse effects from medication, which landed him in intensive care. This is great news, although training camp is still many months away. Okposo scored 19 goals and 45 points in 65 games in his first season with Buffalo, and if he reports to camp 100 percent healthy, he'll surely put up similar or better numbers in the 2017-18 season. He's expected to remain Buffalo's top right winger as the team focuses on fixing its defense.
Okposo reportedly suffered a concussion in late March as well as an adverse reaction to medication to treat the injury that landed him in the neurological intensive care unit in a Buffalo hospital, The Buffalo News reports.
One of the few things scarier than a concussion is a negative reaction to the treatment of it, and that reportedly at one point had Okposo's life and career in some sort of danger. It does appear that whatever the specifics, Okposo is on the road to recovery -- the report even states the forward could end up being fine for summer training camp.
There has been no official statement on what has been ailing Okposo, who was sent to the intensive care unit at Buffalo General Hospital and forced to miss the final six games of the season. Okposo scored 45 points in 65 games in his first year with Buffalo, occupying the right wing slot on the team's top two lines for much of the season. Once healthy, he should be able to return to that role right away. He has six years remaining on his seven-year deal with the Sabres.
Okposo is making strides in his recovery from an undisclosed illness, the Associated Press reports.
While the nature of the illness has yet to be disclosed, it must have been serious based on how Okposo has been in a Buffalo hospital's neurosurgical intensive care unit for the past five days. All of the unknowns concerning the star winger's health make this a delicate situation bigger than hockey, and you can expect the team to take all of the necessary precautions as he rounds out his recovery. We wish him the best.