Breaking: Injured defenseman finally returns to practice

Who will this affect most: Mete, Davidson, Morrow, or Streit?

Breaking: Injured defenseman finally returns to practice

David Schlemko is on the ice this morning, and for the first time, it isn't in solitary.

This marks the first time since the second day of training camp that Schlemko participates in a full team practice. He suffered a deep bruise on his hand at the beginning of camp and hasn't been able to play since.

Marc Bergevin mentioned the possibility of the new acquisition playing alongside Shea Weber on the top defense pairing, but that plan was scrapped when the defenseman got injured.

Since then, standout rookie Victor Mete, 19, has been brilliant in that position and earned himself the right to begin the season there.

It will remain to be seen when Schlemko is ready for game-action, and where head coach Claude Julien decides to slot him in. Considering Mete has changed the team's plans on the blue line, it is likely that Mark Streit, who is starting tonight for the Montreal Canadiens, will lose his spot in the near future. This will also decrease the chances of Brandon Davidson or Joe Morrow cracking the top six anytime soon.