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Jason Zucker returns to practice, declares himself healthy

The amazing turnaround for Jason Zucker...What a week it has been!

Pittsburgh Penguins v Minnesota Wild Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

At Penguins practice on Wednesday, the team welcomed back an important piece in a perhaps unexpected time when Jason Zucker not only returned to practice in a full contact jersey, but also took his spot in line rushes and with the second power play.

That’s pretty remarkable considering that just yesterday, when it came to Zucker, coach Mike Sullivan said:

“I’m not going to speak to the specifics of the injury,” Sullivan said. “What I will say is that our doctors are continuing to consult with one another. But having said that, his response over the last few days has been really encouraging. He was on the ice (Monday). He was on the ice again (Tuesday).

“We still don’t have definitive information from our medical staff. But certainly, we’re encouraged with what we’ve seen and (with Zucker’s) feedback himself since he went into the boards in Minnesota.”

Sullivan wouldn’t give much away, but the player participation doesn’t lie. On Monday, Zucker skated briefly by himself in a track suit. On Tuesday, he upgraded to full gear and worked in some individual drills. By Wednesday, boom, he’s back to pretty much about normal. In fact, he even declared himself healthy.

Coach Mike Sullivan called Zucker “day-to-day” and said the forward would travel with the Penguins to New York City today. The Penguins play the Rangers tomorrow. Sullivan also used that favorite word of his, “encouraged”, when talking about where Zucker is, without fully saying he would be back.

Though a strange non-diagnosis and not much in the way of updates, it certainly has been very encouraging with the way Zucker has responded in the last week since going down. Based on what the player himself said, it looks like he will be able to be back as soon as tomorrow for the Return Part III really, considering he’s had injuries in December and January already. Third time is the charm, right?