Ben Smith (head) getting close to returning to Sharks

San Jose Sharks winger Ben Smith (head) has practiced on consecutive days and is getting close to returning.

What It Means:

"Felt good," Smith said after Tuesday's session. "We'll have to talk to the trainers and see how that whole protocol works." Smith hasn't played since he was struck in the head by a shot from teammate Marc-Edouard Vlasic on October 17.

There's no timetable for his return, although obviously the fact that he's practicing is encouraging. Never much of an offensive weapon, Smith had just 7 goals and 7 assists in 80 games a year ago. We project those numbers to drop as we see him with 2 goals and 2 assists in 70 contests this season.