Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog didn't practice Friday, but there is cautious optimism from the team that he could resume skating soon.

Landeskog is considered out on a day-to-day basis instead of the more ominous "out indefinitely."

That news came out of an otherwise short, uneventful practice at the Family Sports Center on Friday.

Landeskog, 20, the NHL rookie of the year last season, hasn't skated since Jan. 19, after he was hit hard on the head by San Jose's Brad Stuart.

The Avs said Friday they are hopeful that Landeskog will skate soon. Concussions can be difficult to recover from, so there are no guarantees Landeskog will be back soon.

The Avs have missed their young power forward, and not just because of the offense and grit he provides. He also contributes by drawing penalties.

At the time of his injury, Landeskog was drawing an average of 2.4 minutes of penalties by the opposition per game, most on the team.