When the hockey season began, one of the bigger questions facing the Ottawa Senators concerned captain Daniel Alfredsson's health and his future with the team.

Would he be able to recover from back surgery in June, regain strength in his right leg and be able to skate again? Or would he continue to be hobbled, unable to skate and eventually forced into retirement?

While many feared the worst, especially with the way Alfredsson looked last season, the answer appears to be one every fan of the team can cheer: through the first quarter of the season, he looks as good as new.