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Conor Timmins skates for the first time on the road to recovery

Colorado Avalanche defensive prospect Conor Timmins skates for the first time at training camp as he works back from injury

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There’s some very good news coming out of Colorado Avalanche training camp this afternoon as Conor Timmins was seen on the ice in full equipment for the first time since earlier this summer.

Timmins spent the past few months resting both ankle and head injuries only to have a setback at the end of August that caused him to miss all of the rookie tournament and the opening of Avalanche training camp.

He is still not medically cleared to take contact, or even practice with his teammates, but the fact that he’s on the ice is a really good sign.

Last season, the former Sault Ste Marie Greyhound went from being one of the best defenders in junior hockey to having the most difficult season of his hockey career.

He opened eyes as one of Canada’s best players at the World Junior Hockey Championship, but then suffered a serious ankle injury after a few games back with The Soo. Timmins was able to come back to the lineup in time for the OHL playoffs - though his ankle wasn’t close to 100% - only to take a huge hit that left him concussed and unable to play in the deciding game of the OHL Championship series.

After skipping development camp at the end of June and resting for most of the summer, Timmins had a setback in his recovery from the concussion just before rookie camp, setback that left some to speculate about his ability to play at all this season.

Thanks to losing half of last season, the best course for the 20-year old’s development is to stay in the AHL all season and play a huge role with the Eagles - whenever he’s ready.

There is a long way to go, but today’s appearance on the ice is a huge first step.

Hopefully Timmins is able to work back slowly and doesn’t miss much action this season. He is one of the team’s top prospects and a strong candidate to play a big role on the Avalanche blueline during the 2019-20 season.