The Chicago Blackhawks are one step closer to possibly getting forward Kirby Dach back during the regular season.

Dach, who had wrist surgery on Dec. 28 after sustaining the injury at the world junior championships earlier that month, rejoined the team for practice was not limited, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

After his surgery, he was expected to miss four to five months, which have put him beyond the team’s May 10 regular-season finale. His return to practice, however, could signal an earlier return.