Last week, Kevin Shattenkirk said that everything is moving well right now with his knee and that he is focused on building up his leg strength.
He noted that having this amount of time off for the summer allows himself to "get back to 100% and be ready for September."
Shattenkirk added "I haven't skated and played in a game since January, I wish I could play tomorrow. I have that hunger and drive and it's really been good for me. A couple of months into my summer training and be the best player and the player that everyone expected to be."
He added that having David Quinn, a coach he is comfortable with, gives him a lot of confidence heading into next season.
In terms of being a leader, Shattenkirk said "at this level it's all about integrity and someone who can carry that along with them, and we have a lot of guys in the locker room who can do that. It's important that one player doesn't just lead a team, that the whole team leads the team and that is something we will carry into the season."
Shattenkirk made similar comments at the end of the season.