Ilya Kovalchuk was on the ice of the Devils’ practice today at Prudential Center.

It was his first time skating with the team since he injured his right shoulder on March 23 in the third period of a 2-1 win over Florida.

As Kovalchuk stepped on the ice, goaltender Martin Brodeur exclaimed, “There he is!”

Kovalchuk took some soft wrist shots to help warm up Brodeur and Johan Hedberg. He does not appear to be wearing shoulder pads, though, and is wearing a black practice jersey, which is usually the color the defensemen wear, and is not on any of the forward lines. In fact, he’s taken a few drills with Peter Harrold on the fourth defense pair.

Defenseman Bryce Salvador is missing, though. A Devils spokesperson said Salvador is “resting.”

Salvador was slow to get up and appeared to limp a little after he was tripped by Buffalo’s Marcus Foligno 10:33 into the third period of Sunday’s game, but didn’t miss any shifts after that.