Pascal Dupuis defiantly predicted he will make a full recovery from right knee surgery.

The Penguins right wing Thursday spoke with the media for the first time since tearing an ACL in December. He said he also tore his MCL but wanted that ligament to heal naturally, which is why his surgery was delayed until Feb. 12.

However, the MCL did not improve on its own, forcing him to have reconstructive surgery on both ligaments. He is projected to return in six to eight months, which could see him back before the 2014-15 season.

“If you guys know me,” Dupuis said, “you know I'll be shooting for the six months.”

Dupuis was injured Dec. 23 in Ottawa when defenseman Marc Methot's hip check sent center Sidney Crosby flying toward Dupuis. Dupuis, 34, said he immediately knew something was seriously wrong with his knee.

“I couldn't feel the bottom half of my leg when I tried to get off the ice,” he said. “I was just holding my leg.”

Still, Dupuis insisted that his speed — his greatest asset — won't be compromised when he returns.