Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/19/11
San Jose Sharks forward James Sheppard has taken the next step in his recovery from a major knee injury, hitting the practice ice for the first time in more than a year.

Sheppard missed the entire 2010-11 season with the Minnesota Wild after breaking his kneecap in an ATV accident in September of last year. He had worked his way into shape but suffered a setback in March that delayed his recovery.

The 23-year-old was dealt to San Jose this past offseason for a conditional third-round draft pick.

There is no timetable for Sheppard's return, but he acknowledged that he feels more comfortable now than the first time he tried to make it back on the ice.

"I did that before and it wasn’t the right way to do it," Sheppard said of his earlier setback. "When the time comes, the time comes. You can’t control time, you can only control what you do."

Sheppard has been a major disappointment since being selected ninth overall in the 2006 draft. The former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League standout has just 11 goals and 38 assists in 224 NHL games.
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