It took until a skate in mid-July for Marc Staal to finally feel a semblance of normalcy.

The Rangers’ blue-chip defenseman had been suffering the aftereffects of a severe right-eye injury that occurred in early March and skating with his brothers Jordan and Jared in their hometown of Thunder Bay Ontario Marc finally could take the ice without hesitation.

“I went out with Jordan and Jared for a skate and after the skate I realized I hadn’t thought about [the eye] once” Staal told NHL.com on Tuesday when he was in Calgary for the first orientation meeting of Canada’s Olympic tryouts.

“While I was doing all the drills quick drills things like that my focus wasn’t on thinking about what I was doing. It was more about just doing it” Staal continued. “Right after that skate I was like ‘OK this is going to be fine.’”

Staal reiterated what he said on the Rangers’ breakup day in May: Doctors have told him his eye will never return to 100 percent but that doesn’t mean he won’t be able to regain his All-Star form.