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Olofsson back at Sabres practice on Saturday

On the same day he was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for December, Buffalo Sabres forward Victor Olofsson found himself on the sidelines with a lower-body injury. The rookie lost an edge and fell into the end boards during the third period of Buffalo’s overtime win against the Oilers on Jan. 3, and the next day, Olofsson was ruled out for approximately five to six weeks.

Victor Olofsson remains second among NHL rookies with 16 goals (James P. McCoy/News file photo)

It’s now been five weeks since the injury and Olofsson was back on the ice with his teammates for practice on Saturday at KeyBank Center.

“I’ve been trying to stay really positive and just look at it as an opportunity to get stronger and come back with a fresh start and fresh mind,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”