ARLINGTON, Va. — Washington Capitals right winger Tom Wilson is expected to miss six to eight months after undergoing surgery to reconstruct a torn ACL in his left knee.
The team announced Wednesday that Wilson had undergone an ACL replacement procedure a day earlier — four weeks after injuring his knee trying to avoid a hit in Washington’s playoff opener against Washington. Florida.
The long delay in rehabilitation means Wilson is on track to miss at least the first month of the season, if not more.
“My summer sucks now,” Wilson said during exit interviews on March 15. “It’s going to be tough for me. I have to start my recovery.”
With questions over veteran center Nicklas Backstrom’s future due to a lingering hip injury, losing Wilson for potentially more than 20 games is a blow to the organization which hasn’t progressed to the playoffs since joining the team. she won the Stanley Cup in 2018.
Wilson set career highs with 24 goals, 28 assists and 52 points during the regular season. He also scored a power play goal in 91 seconds of playoff action before being sidelined due to an accident in which he approached but did not touch Panthers defenseman Mackenzie Weegar near the bands.
“I have to get back to being the player I am,” Wilson said. “It will happen.”