Dan Boyle D SAN 3 Months

Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle says he has suffered sleep deprivation, balance issues and a general lack of energy after a hit from behind in St. Louis left him unconscious for six minutes and grappling with the effects of a concussion.

"In hindsight, you see guys that don't even get knocked out and they're gone for two or three months," Boyle said Friday. "In hindsight -- and it wasn't the team that was forcing me, it was all me -- it would have been a good idea for me to stay away a little longer." Boyle missed seven games spread over two weeks after being driven face-first into the lip of the boards by St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre on Oct. 15. Lapierre missed his next five games as the NHL suspended him for the illegal and dangerous hit. "He had to fight through a lot," coach Todd McLellan said. "I do think he's beyond that now, that he's recovered and it's showing in his play. He's starting to sharpen up again and get back to the player he was early in the year."

Dan Boyle D SAN 4 Months

Dan Boyle had two assists in the Sharks' 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders.

Boyle has five goals and 14 points in 24 games this season. He's numbers have obviously been skewed downward due to an upper-body injury, but now that he's healthy, he's back to being one of the best offensive defensemen in the league.

Dan Boyle D SAN 5 Months

Dan Boyle had two assists in San Jose's 4-2 win over Toronto on Tuesday.

Boyle had a five-game point drought, but he's followed it up with three assists in three contests. He's already missed seven games earlier this season with an upper-body injury, but he's still a decent bet to reach the 40-point mark in 2013-14.

Dan Boyle D SAN 5 Months

Dan Boyle scored a goal and registered an assist to lead the Sharks to a 2-1 OT victory over the Canucks Thursday night.

After Boyle helped tie the game late in regulation by missing an open shot, the veteran defenseman made no mistake when he got another chance in overtime. Boyle won it by scoring a power-play goal with 2:22 remaining in overtime. Boyle now has five goals and four assists in 12 games. Rookie Tomas Hertl continued his strong season with a goal for the Sharks.

Dan Boyle D SAN 5 Months

Dan Boyle scored two power play goals on Sunday.

The defenseman now has four goals and six points in 10 games this season as he missed 16 days as a result of a hit from behind courtesy of Maxim Lapierre. Boyle was minus-three on Sunday and is currently even on the season.

Dan Boyle D SAN 6 Months

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle played exceptionally well in Saturday's shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

He played in a little over 22 minutes, generated six SOG (which included one power-play goal) and generally looked better than he did in only getting two points in his first six games of 2013-14. If someone dropped him because of his injury, scoop him up now. He told CSNBayArea.com that he felt off, though.

Dan Boyle D SAN 6 Months

Dan Boyle will return to the lineup Saturday night when San Jose hosts Phoenix.

He was injured back on Oct. 17 after he took a hit from behind from Maxim Lapierre. Matt Irwin appears as though he will be a healthy scratch. Boyle has two points and a plus-2 rating in six games. Feel free to activate him if you normally would.

Dan Boyle D SAN 6 Months

Dan Boyle (upper body) feels ready to return to the Sharks' lineup.

Boyle has missed seven games since he was hit from behind by St. Louis' Maxim Lapierre. "I've been skating so, yeah, it's pretty much [the coach's] decision at this point," Boyle said. "I've informed them where I'm at, and now it's up to them." With this in mind, he'll probably play on Saturday. It's worth adding that he's also expressed some concerns that he might "be a little tentative" when he returned because he's suffered a similar injury in the past.

Dan Boyle D SAN 6 Months

Dan Boyle (upper body) joined his teammates on the trip to Los Angeles but did not play.

Boyle is getting awfully close to returning to game action after getting hit by Maxim Lapierre on October 15. Put him in your fantasy lineup as soon as he is available.

Dan Boyle D SAN 6 Months

Dan Boyle (upper body) participated in Tuesday's practice, but is still questionable for Wednesday's contest.

"I've kind of thought about every possible scenario," said Boyle. "At some point I'm going to have to go in, but I don't know when that's going to be." Boyle hasn't played since Oct. 15. Sharks associate coach Larry Robinson suggested that the team can afford to err on the side of caution given their 10-1-1 record.