VANCOUVER — Avalanche rookie sensation Bo Byram, from nearby Cranbrook, B.C., is here with the team and feeling better, coach Jared Bednar said after Wednesday’s optional morning skate at Rogers Place.
The young defenseman won’t play against Vancouver but his presence is good news as he hopes to recover from at least his third concussion in 2021. Byram, 20, was limited to just 19-of-56 games last season because of two concussions and he told The Athletic that he feared that he would never play again.
Byram, who is tied for fifth in NHL rookie scoring with eight points in 11 games, absorbed an elbow to the head from Vancouver captain Bo Horvat late in the first period of last week’s 7-1 win over the Canucks at Ball Arena. Byram did not return and missed Saturday’s 6-2 victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks.
“He’s feeling a little bit better (but) I’m not sure on his timeline,” Bednar said of Byram.
When asked if Byram could resume skating soon, Bednar said: “We’re hoping that he can.”
Byram was the first defenseman selected in the 2019 draft (fourth overall) — a pick the Avs acquired from Ottawa as part of the 2017 trade of Matt Duchene to the Senators.
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