When Michael Raffl hurt his foot blocking a shot on Nov. 4, the Flyers said he’d be out 4-6 weeks.
Twenty-two days later, he’s back.
Well, Raffl appears to be back — on Wednesday, he skated on a line with Wayne Simmonds and Scott Laughton prior to Philly’s game in Detroit, looking like a guy that’s ready to play for the first time in eight contests.
More, from the Courier-Post:
In skates, the Austrian looks fine. Without his walking boot or hockey skate, his right foot is still in pain. Doctors told him he wouldn’t be risking further injury if he played as long as he can tolerate the pain.
“It’s actually nicer being in the skate or in the boot,” said Raffl, who had six goals and an assist in his first 12 games. “It’s actually fine in the skate.”
At the time of his injury, Raffl was tied for the team lead in goals (six) and had emerged as one of the Flyers’ best forwards. The 25-year-old Austrian had been promoted to the top line alongside Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek; now, he’ll get a shot playing with Laughton — who’s been getting a steady increase in minutes from head coach Craig Berube — and Simmonds, the team’s current goalscoring leader (with eight).