Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 2 Months

Stalberg was activated from injured reserve Friday and will be available for the Predators' game against the Jets, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

If the Predators decide to use Stalberg on Friday, he'd likely slot in on the Preds' second line, joining Derek Roy and Craig Smith. Before returning to full practice earlier this week, Stalberg had been sidelined since Sept. 22 with the lower-body injury.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 2 Months

Stalberg (lower body) skated on the second line during Tuesday's practice and is close to a return, according to the Predators' official website.

Stalberg said he has "felt pretty good in practice the last few days" and has been able to continue practicing and working out, so hopefully he doesn't have to shake off too much rust once he gets the green light to re-join the lineup. If Stalberg doesn't join his teammates on their upcoming road trip to Winnipeg (Friday) and Chicago (Saturday), look for a possible return next Tuesday against the Coyotes.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 2 Months

Stalberg (lower body) practiced fully Friday, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

While Stalberg figures to remain on injured reserve for Saturday's game against the Stars, the Predators have updated his condition to day-to-day. He could make his return at some point next week.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 2 Months

Stalberg (lower body) was a full participant in practice Tuesday, according to The Tennessean.

Stalberg was officially placed on IR Tuesday and will not play in Thursday's season opener against Ottawa. However, the fact that he's now fully taking part in practice is a very good sign. His timetable for return remains at 1-2 weeks, so look for him to possibly rejoin the lineup Oct. 14 against Calgary.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 2 Months

Stalberg (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, according to the Predators' official website.

The good news is, Stalberg has been skating with the team, which means he could be close to a return. Now that he's on the IR, the earliest he could rejoin the lineup would be Oct. 14 against Calgary. In the meantime, keep him on your fantasy bench until you see his name in a boxscore.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 3 Months

Stalberg (lower body) skated with the team Saturday morning, his first team skate since suffering his injury Sept. 22, according to The Tennessean. "I felt pretty good," Stalberg said. "It's getting close. It's one of those things you can't push it too hard and rush it or else you have to deal with it all year. Hopefully I will be ready to go pretty soon."

According to the team, Stalberg's status remains one to three weeks on injured reserve, so expect him back sometime in mid-October. He is expected to skate on one of the Preds' checking lines once he returns.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 3 Months

Stalberg (lower body), is skating outside of team practices, according to the Tennessean.

Stalberg's original prognosis was two-to-four weeks, which puts him back in the lineup hopefully no later than mid-October. Even when he does return, he is likely looking at a checking-line role which gives him minimal fantasy value outside of deeper formats.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 3 Months

Stalberg will be out two-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury.

Stalberg was set to enter 2014-15 in search of redemption after a dismal first season in Nashville, and it looks as though he's already gotten off to a troubling start. The injury timetable will more than likely keep him unavailable for the Preds' Oct. 9 opener against the Senators, and quite possibly, several more games beyond that. Though he's only two seasons removed from 40-point production, his shaky health and downward-trending point totals make it difficult to justify drafting him, even in deep formats.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 3 Months

Stalberg sustained a lower-body injury in Monday's practice, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

It looked like the injury was related to Stalberg's right leg, as he was attempting to keep weight off the limb while he left the ice. The Predators will reevaluate his condition Tuesday, but he'll likely be held out for that night's preseason opener against the Lightning regardless of what the tests indicate. Stalberg was already entering the season with something to prove after he was a major disappointment in Year 1 in Nashville, when he totaled just 18 points in 70 games. The injury will probably hurt his chances of reclaiming a top-six role, and at this point, he's probably best left undrafted in all but the deepest of leagues.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 7 Months

Nashville Predators assistant coach Kevin McCarthy believes bench boss Peter Laviolette can get more out of Viktor Stalberg and Colin Wilson.

"Guys like Stalberg and Wilson can learn from that offensive system that we use," McCarthy said. "It's basically a lot of hard work and precision and doing things at the right time. You need to have skill for that, and they certainly have it." Stalberg accounted for just eight goals and 18 points in 70 games in his first season with the Predators.