Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo says he's encouraged with Pierre-Marc Bouchard's progress, and isn't concerned that the forward will miss Saturday's season opener against Colorado.
Yeo says Bouchard took "real contact" in Monday's practice, calling it a "big step" in helping his confidence.
Bouchard has been sidelined more than a year because of a concussion, an odyssey which began with this hit from Zach Bogosian in December of 2011:
The Star Tribune says Bouchard's final test could come in Wednesday's night's scrimmage at the XCel Energy Center.
To hear more about Bouchard, and other Wild topics from Monday's second day of training camp, watch the video below, via Wild.com: