“Concussions are tricky things,” Kerdiles said at camp before his latest injury. “Obviously you only have one head and it’s very important. The protocols are pretty intense to make sure you don’t come back too early.
“But at the same time, you never want to be labeled as getting concussion (plagued). That gets around and it puts some red flags up. So you got to make sure you’re honest but at the same time, you go through the protocol and you come back when you’re healthy.
“It’s about being honest with everything.”
Eakins lauded Kerdiles's practice habits during the early stages of rookie camp. The greatest challenge now is staying on the ice.
“I think that’s the biggest thing for him now," the coach said. "For him to have the confidence in his own skin, in his own head, [to feel] that ‘Hey, now I’m up to speed. I’m recovered. I’ve done the necessary work. That none of this stuff is going to creep up on me again and I can get back at trying to realize my dream.”