After a bit of a scare in Sunday night’s preseason finale in Barrie Ont. Islanders top-pair defenseman Travis Hamonic returned to practice on Tuesday and declared himself ready for the regular-season opener on Friday night in Newark against the Devils.

Hamonic took a hit from Senators forward Derek Grant in the first period of the Isles’ split-squad exhibition game and did not return. He was evaluated Monday night for what was assumed to be a concussion but he was cleared to play.

“It was either take a hit and make the play or don’t make the play” Hamonic said. “I chose to make it. It’s going to take a lot more than that to keep me out of the lineup on Friday.”