He’s made lots of progress from the concussion he suffered last May. The future really does still seem bright for Conor Timmins.

But the young defensive prospect of the Colorado Avalanche will have to wait until this fall to even think about playing in an actual pro hockey game, BSN Denver has learned. While neither the Avs or the Colorado Eagles is expected to make that official, sources tell BSN Denver that Timmins still is not 100 percent recovered from the concussion, and that it would be potentially foolhardy to try and play him in a game this late in either teams’ seasons.

There had been significant hope – an expectation really – that Timmins would have been ready by now to have played a game with the Eagles, where he has been the last few weeks rehabbing. But, even though Timmins went with the Eagles on a recent road trip to California, he simply has not passed all the medical criteria to resume playing in games.

Timmins, taken 32nd overall by the Avs in the second round of the 2017 NHL draft, last played a game of any kind in May, 2018, for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. He suffered the concussion in a playoff game for the Greyhounds, and the symptoms have not completely gone away.

Sources say Timmins still is bothered by headaches occasionally, though he truly has made a lot of progress overall. He has practiced regularly with the Avs and Eagles for much of the 2018-19 season.

But he’s not 100 percent yet. The Eagles only have eight regular-season games remaining, and the Avs have nine left. Whether Timmins continues to practice daily with the Eagles remains to be seen. He has occasionally left Colorado to either train or rest back home in St. Catherine’s, Ontario during the rehab process.

Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater, was born in Vermont and lived as a tot in New York City before living most of his first 25 years in New Hampshire. Education:  Went to Keene State College and received a degree in journalism in 1988. I wrote sports for the college paper, called "The Equinox." Career: After a two-year stint out of college working as a proofreader and part--time sports writer for The Concord Monitor (N.H)., I moved to Denver in May of 1991, with no job, no connections and no car, but a lot of hope. After doing some odd jobs (including working as a bill collector for a trash company), I found some odd writing jobs for local periodicals and then latched on with The Denver Post in December of 1991 as a score-taker for the high-school sports department. That led to more writing jobs, such as covering DU hockey, lots of high-school coverage and various minor-pro sports. In March of 1995, I got a scoop that would change my life: I broke the story of the Quebec Nordiques moving to Denver to become the Avalanche, and for the next 19 years I covered the team every day. In 2015, I became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where I worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver. I have also been a main hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News, The Sporting News, Hockey Digest, Versus.com and have written seven books on sports, including the 2006 best-selling "Blood Feud", a book about the famous Avs-Red Wings rivalry. Most memorable sports moment: As a fan, when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. Also, when the Celtics beat the Lakers in the 1984 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: It would probably be a book called "Game Misconduct", by Russ Conway. It's the story of how a small-town sports reporter (Conway) in Massachusetts exposed the corruption and brought down one of the most powerful figures in the NHL at the time, Alan Eagleson. The book is a primer on how to report and investigate powerful entities. One sports movie that I can’t live without: I loved "Rocky III", and I loved a 1977 basketball movie starring Robby Benson called "One on One." And, of course, "Slap Shot." Most memorable experience as a reporter: I've gotten to interview some of my boyhood heroes, including Larry Bird, Fred Lynn and Luis Tiant. But probably the most memorable of them all was writing the story of Ray Bourque's one and only Stanley Cup in his 22 years, his final game as a pro with the Avs in 2001. The sport that started it all: As a guy who eventually grew to become 6-foot-6, I could hoop it up some. I was the starting center on my high-school team that made the N.H. state semifinals in 1983. While I never played competitive hockey, I played a lot on the many frozen ponds of New Hampshire and had a pretty good slap shot.