Okposo (illness) penned an open letter Tuesday, thanking everyone for their support and expects to be ready for the start of the season.
"I know I can play again," Okposo writes, opening up about his battle with weight loss, inability to sleep and an adverse reaction to medication that sent him to the intensive care unit at Buffalo General. He missed the final stretch of the season due to his condition, and finished with 19 goals and 45 points in 65 games. Okposo says he's been in touch with new head coach Phil Housley and new general manager Jason Botterill, and reiterated his optimism for the Sabres to win the Stanley Cup. Okposo will certainly play a big role, and will also return to his usual spot on the top line next to Ryan O'Reilly once the season begins. If Okposo plays a full season, he should be able to easily score 20 goals and 50 points.
Okposo (concussion) hit the ice as part of DaBeauty League on Wednesday.
While it may be just a semi-competitive summer league, the fact that Okposo is playing hockey again should be an encouraging sign for fantasy owners. After spending the end of the 2016-17 campaign in the ICU due to medication complications, the winger appears to be working his way back to game readiness in preparation of training camp. Once given the all-clear, the 29-year-old is a near lock to return to the first line as well as the top power-play unit.
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.