Two Nashville Predators forwards who had their 2012-13 season cut short due to injury are ready to go for next week’s training camp.
Paul Gaustad and Colin Wilson both suffered shoulder injuries last season, and both underwent shoulder stabilization surgeries in April. They were given four-to-six month rehab timeframes and were cleared by doctors Wednesday. Both say they feel 100 percent healthy.
“I’ve got most of my strength back from last year and it feels really good,” Wilson said Thursday.
For Gaustad, this wasn’t a new injury. It was something that had been lingering over the last couple seasons and got worse in the middle of last season. He only played in 23 games, one less than Wilson.
“It’s good to be 100 percent finally,” Gaustad said. “The shoulder feels strong, there’s no instability.”
Both Gaustad and Wilson said it was a long rehab process that required patience.
“You come into the gym one week and you feel amazing, and then you do the next set of exercises and you’d be completely put back and realize you’re not 100 percent,” Wilson said. “I thought I was 100 percent about five times and it was two months out.”
“It takes patience to make sure everything heals properly,” Gaustad added. “Team doctor [John] Kuhn and trainers with the team did a great job.”