Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo skated in a game at Da Beauty League on Wednesday, his first since missing the end of the regular season because of an undisclosed illness.

Okposo took to the ice at Braemar Ice Arena, 19 miles from his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. He missed the final six games of last season for the Sabres after feeling ill before the start of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 28. The 29-year-old reportedly was hospitalized for less than a week after being admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center on April 2.

"Obviously seeing a teammate go through something like that and struggle to get healthy is tough," Sabres forward Hudson Fasching said. "He's such a good guy and going through a lot with that whole deal, trying to figure out what was wrong.

"I'm just happy he's healthy and happy for him to get back."

Okposo, who did not speak to media, gave a wave when the announcer drew the attention of fans during his first shift in the 4-on-4 game. He smiled before skating the puck down the ice with linemates Stu Bickel and Riley Tufte, and taking a shot that went just wide.

"He's a tremendous player," Fasching said. "He's a guy you want back and a guy you want on your team. I'm excited and happy for him."

Okposo had an assist for Team RBC in a 10-3 loss. New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson also played Wednesday and was glad to see his former teammate on the ice.