Joe Thornton could return from a knee injury and play this season, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson told The Athletic on Thursday.

The 38-year-old center had arthroscopic surgery to repair the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Jan. 25, two days after he was injured during a 5-4 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

"I would never count him out," Wilson said. "You saw what happened last year. He just follows his own script. He knows his body better than anybody with what he went through last year. The next milestone will be when he gets back skating, and we'll get a read from there."