Andrew Shaw has returned to practice just shy of a week after suffering a sore neck in Québec City.
The sore neck is assumed to be concussion related, though the Montreal Canadiens never announced it as such. Shaw met the media after practice and said that the injury was not related to last year’s issues. Head coach Claude Julien suggests Shaw will return to action later in the week to play two pre-season games.
The head coach has also suggested that David Schlemko will play his first game later in the week, but he was still a no-show among the Habs at practice.
It was the first full practice as one unit that, when healthy, consists of 34 players. With Schlemko still not with the team, it has been difficult for the head coach to consolidate his defensive pairings.
It has been easier though to figure out his defensive depth chart in that so many have not stepped up to show they’re ready to take a position on the team.