The Buffalo Sabres' COVID-19 list is finally empty.
Forward Casey Mittelstadt was the final name on the list heading into Wednesday, and he has since been taken off.
Mittelstadt joins Rasmus Ristolainen, Brandon Montour, Dylan Cozens, and Curtis Lazar as those just off the NHL's COVID-19 Protocols list, now on the path to potentially re-entering the lineup.
It is hard to know the timeline for return for any of these players, as it depends on the effects COVID-19 has made on a case-by-case basis.
As for Mittelstadt, he has spent much of the season on the team's taxi squad, but had some nice moments in the two games he got into.
In the first few years of his career, Mittelstadt has often been easily pushed off the puck, has struggled to create any offense, and has been a disaster in his own end.
In his two games in the 2020-21 season, Mittelstadt looked bigger, was much more effective using his angles along the boards, and showed the vision on his passes that helped get him drafted eighth overall in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Mittelstadt has made a strong case for re-entering the lineup upon his return.
The Sabres will return to game action on Thursday night against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena in the nation's capital. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. EST with the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show starting at 6 p.m. EST on WGR with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog.