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Kyle Okposo skates with full gear for first time

Islanders winger Kyle Okposo in a 2009 game.

Islanders winger Kyle Okposo in a 2009 game. Credit: AP, 2009

 Injured Islanders forward Kyle Okposo, who suffered a preseason shoulder injury in September, skated with full gear on for the first time today.

Considering Okposo was slated to begin skating at some point in December, today's development is an encouraging sign that he is progressing according to schedule.

"It's a big [milestone]," Okposo told Newsday. "It's been a long road. It feels great to just get on the ice and handle the puck a little bit. It's fun."

The 22-year-old forward can't predict exactly when he'll return, but he hopes that day will come soon.

"It's obviously a big step to put full gear on so hopefully it's not too far away," he said. "Hopefully it's sooner rather than later.

Okposo began skating on his own a week-and-a half ago, and has been keeping up with his regular rehab regimen--he seen doing pushups in the hallway after skating this morning--to strengthen his shoulder. 

"It's getting better. it's getting there, so we'll see how it progresses from here."



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