BOSTON -- Injured Boston Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer participated in the team’s practice Thursday morning at TD Garden for the first time since injuring his knee in a game with the Providence Bruins in early April.
“He skated [Wednesday] for the first time and he felt well enough to skate with us today,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “He had no contact in our drills, so it was a good skate for him.”
Julien added that the rookie blueliner is not ready for game action.
“It’s good to get back out there,” Kampfer said. “It’s been a long couple of weeks, sitting by and watching. But it’s good to get back out there skating -- and skating with the guys, especially. It’s definitely a perk and I’m moving ahead, but it’s a slow progress at this time.”
There’s no timetable on a possible return and he needs to be cleared for contact first.
Kampfer suffered the injury on April 9 against Springfield when he collided with an opponent knee-on-knee and felt a pop. He’s been rehabbing since, and was able to skate on Wednesday with the Bruins’ strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.
Kampfer split time between Boston and Providence this season, playing a total of 38 games for the Bruins and registering five goals and five assists for 10 points.
The Bruins are currently without defenseman Adam McQuaid (neck strain), and veteran Shane Hnidy was needed in Game 3 of this series against the Flyers. Kampfer said he’s not thinking about the what-ifs.
“You can think about it, but at the same time we have eight capable guys who can play,” Kampfer said. “I thought Hnidy did a great job and that’s why we have depth, and that’s why this team is so strong because we have guys who can fill in anytime. It’s a good situation we have eight defensemen ready to go.”