The Pittsburgh Penguins received a very pleasant surprise at practice on Tuesday as forward Jordan Staal practiced with the team for the first time this season.
The 22-year old Staal has yet to play this season after suffering a setback in recovery from a foot injury sustained in the post-season last year. Staal had 21 goals and 28 assists in 82 games and was nominated the Selke Trophy last season as the league's best defensive forward.
Staal was not alone in his return as both forward Arron Asham and defenceman Brooks Orpik also practiced with the team. Asham has yet to make his Penguins' debut and continues to nurse a shoulder injury while Orpik has been sidelined with a groin injury.
Defenceman Zbynek Michalek took the ice before Penguins practice to work out with the team's strength and conditioning coach. He is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a shoulder injury.