Originally written on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 11/11/14

Before the owners decided to shutter the NHL with their lockout of the players, several prominent players figured to miss a big chunk of the season while recovering from injuries.The league’s shutdown gave them time for heal. As a result, several teams won’t have to play a big chunk of the season without a key player after all.Here are some examples:Marian Gaborik, W, Rangers: Surgical repairs of a torn shoulder labrum left him looking at a six-month recovery period. Original projections had him sitting out until mid-November. But he was able to rejoin his teammates for unofficial practice sessions this fall. He wasn’t cleared for full contact, but he was able to skate, stickhandle the puck and shoot.The league’s inactivity gave him an opportunity to strengthen the shoulder with off-ice work in Slovakia and New York. The New York Daily News reported that Gaborik would be back to full strength should the NHL resume operation with early January training camps.Taylor Hall, W, Oilers: While recovering fro

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