There’s not a lot of good news surrounding the San Jose Sharks right now, but Mario Ferraro’s should-be-quicker-than-expected return is a ray of light.
Ferraro suffered a foot injury during Nov. 25’s 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
The alternate captain revealed to San Jose Hockey Now this past weekend in Ottawa, surprise surprise, that he suffered the injury blocking a shot in the first period of that tilt.
In each of the last two seasons, Ferraro has led the San Jose Sharks in blocked shots.
Ferraro appears to be hit in the left foot by a Viktor Arvidsson shot midway through the opening frame of the Kings game.
Remarkably, Ferraro finished the contest without taking any noticeable time off. He played 21:05, not far from his customary 22:49.
“Adrenaline in the game,” Ferraro explained, on how he finished the contest.
Ferraro was put on the IR the next day with what was termed a “week-to-week” injury by head coach David Quinn. But just a week later, in Ottawa, Ferraro was back at practice, albeit for just a few minutes.
“Just seeing how it feels. See if there’s progress. Since it’s going to be shorter term, I want to get more up-to-date feedback from myself,” Ferraro told SJHN on Saturday about his brief participation in practice. “It was good. It was better than it was two days ago.”
Ferraro, however, couldn’t offer a timeline for his return.
“I think it’s gonna be good,” he shared, “shorter-term than what we thought.”
Quinn actually changed the week-to-week prognosis to day-to-day after Friday’s practice at Canadian Tire Centre. The San Jose Sharks have the day off today, so we’ll see if Ferraro takes part in practice tomorrow.
No doubt, the young blueliner is itching to get back into action: “I love hockey, but it’s not really very fun when you’re sitting up here watching a game.”
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