Not only is Steven Stamkos a freak when it comes to scoring goals, he's apparently a medical freak as well. Stamkos has been aggressively rehabbing since having surgery to help repair a broken tibia.
The highly skilled forward broke his leg while crashing the net in a game against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 11, but looks to be on the fast track in his recovery.
The Tampa Bay Lightning star was already walking without crutches two weeks after the injury and on Saturday morning, he did some light drills on skates during Tampa's practice. So, yeah, he might actually be Wolverine minus the whole unbreakable adamantium skeleton.
Stamkos skated in a track suit and not pads and didn't seem to push things with his legs too much, but he was able to do some stickhandling drills. He still probably has a ways to go, but it's another positive step for one of the game's best goal scorers.
The 23-year-old sniper is eyeing an early February return, which would leave him available for Canada for the Olympics and help Tampa stay in the playoff hunt.
X-rays/healing of bone will ultimately determine Stamkos's return date but he's targeting practice in last wk of Jan, playing 1st wk of Feb.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 14, 2013
The only concern at this point is if Stamkos pushes himself too hard and comes back too early, but with each passing day, he seems to defy medical standards.