Sheahan Returns To Practice With Penguins

The Penguins center practiced with his teammates for the first time after a lower body injury

Shelby Cassesse
September 25, 2018 - 2:33 pm

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CRANBERRY (93.7 The Fan) - Penguins center Riley Sheahan participated in training camp for the first time since suffering a nagging lower body injury.

His goal is to play in at least one of the two remaining preseason games, but will evaluate after tomorrow's morning skate to determine if he's able to play. 

Sheahan had been skating on his own leading up to Tuesday's practice and said it's been tough to be away from his teammates. 

"It's not very fun coming to the rink and doing all your rehab and doing everything by yourself. So, it's good to be back with the team and skating in practice and hanging out with the guys."

The Penguins have tried several different line combinations at training camp, and with Sheahan back in the mix, he saw some time at center with Matt Cullen and Daniel Sprong on the wings. 

"It's awesome," Sheahan of sharing a line with Cullen. "When you have two centermen out there, I think just from a defensive standpoint, you're at an advantage. Faceoffs are huge. I always had a hard time facing off against Cully when I was on Pittsburgh and when he elsewhere last year. So, I think just having that option when you get kicked out, you have another guy coming in that's got a chance of winning that draw helps a lot." 

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan was encouraged by Sheahan's first practice with the team. 

"I thought he had a great practice today. The last practice he had, we thought he had a strong practice. He's really making a lot of progress. So, he feels really strong. Barring any setbacks, we're going to try to get him into some exhibition games."