Blues notebook: Toropchenko ahead of schedule on a return to action

Tom Timmermann

St. Louis Blues coach Craig Berube discusses the start of camp, the loss of David Perron, the goalie situation and more at a press conference on Thursday, Sept. 22. Video courtesy of the St. Louis Blues.

On the first day of Blues training camp, the player logging the most ice time was one who wasn’t supposed to be there.

Forward Alexey Toropchenko, who had offseason shoulder surgery and was expected to be out until December, was on the ice with both practice groups on Thursday at Centene Community Ice Center.

“Practicing,” he said. “Trying to get back as soon as possible.”

Toropchenko has been cleared for skating, but not for contact yet (“But I will be soon,” he said), so once the practices turn to more physical play, he steps aside. But for the skating drills, he’s in there. He was also out on the ice early to help work with the goalies.

“I’ve been working hard all summer,” he said, smiling as he taped his stick at his stall in the changing room. “I’ve been here all summer. Ten days after surgery, I came back here and was working so hard to get back as soon as possible. … I’m feeling better every day.”

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And when might he be back? “I don’t know exactly the date, but very soon,” he said.

Asked if that meant ahead of the initial prognosis of December, he…

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