Sven Baertschi is a hockey fan.

Still, the Calgary Flames rookie winger prefers playing over watching.

The good news for Baertschi, is it appears he’ll be back in action soon, likely Saturday’s clash with the Minnesota Wild (8 p.m., CBC).

“I really hate being up in the press box or sitting on the couch watching it on TV,” Baerschi said after Friday’s practice. “It’s something I don’t want to do too often in my future.”

The club’s 2011 first-round draft choice suffered a hip-flexor injury Jan. 29 in practice. On Friday, he participated fully in a session for the first time since suffering the injury, and skated on a line with Jiri Hudler and Blake Comeau.

The final decision of Baertschi’s return will be made in the hours leading up to puck drop, but the 20-year-old looked like he was ready to go.

“It’s been a long time,” he said. “I never like to be injured, you just wait the whole time and spend a lot of time in the weight room when you want to be on the ice. Now, it’s good to be back in a normal practice.”

Returning to action will be a chance for Baertschi to reboot his season.