Just over three weeks following neck surgery, Chicago Blackhawks' forward Tyler Johnson is back on the ice. The 31-year-old did not participate in Tuesday's Hawks' practice, but he did take the ice for some individual work following the team's session.
Johnson suffered a neck injury in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 29. The team placed him on long-term injured reserve on Nov. 17 and he underwent artificial disk replacement surgery on Dec. 3. The Blackhawks announced a three-month return timetable shortly after.
Now, just 25 days after the procedure, Tyler Johnson is getting back to work at the rink.
Before the injury, Johnson recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in just eight games with his new team. The Blackhawks acquired the longtime Lightning forward in an offseason trade that sent Brent Seabrook's hefty contract to Tampa Bay.
While Johnson is likely still months away from returning to game action, seeing him back on the ice is a positive sign. After fulfilling more of a depth role in recent years for the Lightning, it's safe to assume Johnson is itching to show off the scoring touch that earned him a seven-year, $35 million contract back in 2017.