SAN JOSE -- Raffi Torres likely is one week away from playing his first game of the season, but the Sharks forward is already looking back on his five-month rehab period as "a little speed bump in the road" after undergoing knee surgery.

"I didn't think I'd be able to get back this fast because my last time it took over a year to feel really good," Torres said Thursday, crediting San Jose's medical and training staff. "We're only at five months and I feel great."

Torres tore the ACL in his left knee in an awkward collision with Anaheim Duck forward Emerson Etem during a Sept. 20 exhibition game. He suffered the same injury during his 2007-08 season with the Edmonton Oilers.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said no one should expect Torres to be at the top of his game right from the start, though his conditioning and strength are both good.

"What comes last is always the timing — the hands, the read and react, game situations," McLellan said. "And that's still going to take some time."



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