The Barons’ preseason opener Friday night was defenseman Taylor Fedun’s first game since he broke his femur in an Edmonton preseason game a year ago.
“I got rid of the cobwebs in the beginning and just had some fun,” Fedun said. “I had a blast out there. It was awesome to back into it.”
Fedun said he had a few nerves but “that’s always a good thing. It’s if I’m dead or I don’t have nerves before a game I’m worried. I did feel good, though. I was able to slow things down and play the way I used to play and hope to do that again. I felt really comfortable out there.”
The 24-year-old veteran who was battling to make his NHL debut a year ago when he suffered the injury on an icing play against Minnesota, said he didn’t have any flashbacks to the gruesome injury.
“I’m honestly not just saying that,” Fedun said. “Going back for a puck and taking that first hit it felt good again. There was no hesitation or negative thoughts… I hope things continue to get better and stay on that path.”
Barons coach Todd Nelson said: “It was a good game for a guy who had to go through so much. He wasn’t tentative going into the corners. He battled hard. He played a smart game, moving the puck in the right situations. He played solid for us. I liked his game. I liked what I saw. He always had those question marks how is he going to adapt to playing again. But he was very good for us.”