Scott Powers reports that defenseman Duncan Keith participated in practice today during the Blackhawks first day of training camp. Keith did not take part in the scrimmage, however. Powers also writes that Keith is not expected to take part in the scrimmage on Saturday at the United Center.
Keith is still recovering from surgery last October to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Keith has been rehabbing since and did not participate in the World Cup of Hockey. Further, Powers adds that Keith said his knee didn’t feel right a month ago, but that the extra time off allowed him the opportunity to take his time to recovery.
According to the Chicago Tribune’s Scott King, Keith was disappointed he couldn’t take part in the international tournament. King writes that Keith wouldn’t commit to being ready for the Blackhawks’ home opener on October 12, but assistant coach Mike Kitchen said there is no rush to bring Keith along. From Powers:
“We want him to come along at his own pace, so we don’t want him scrimmaging or anything like that. We’ll just have him practice and then he’ll let us know when he’s ready to step in on a scrimmage. We can kind of rev it up a little bit with him in practice doing some individual drills with him if he gets to that point. But I think we just bring him along day by day.”
Keith had 9 goals and 34 assists last season in 67 games.