The Washington Capitals got some tough news on Saturday, as not only Nicklas Backstrom underwent surgery, but defenseman Alex Alexeyev as well.
Washington announced that Alexeyev underwent a surgical labral repair on his left shoulder. He will miss around 4-5 months, per the Capitals.
It’s a tough break for Alexeyev, who, with Justin Schultz, Michal Kempny and Matt Irwin likely departing this summer, had a chance at contending for a potential spot on the Washington blue line. The 6-4, 213-pound blueliner made his NHL debut in 2021-22. He also laced ’em up for 68 games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears, dishing a goal and 18 assists.
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The Capitals originally selected Alexeyev in the first round (No. 31) of the 2018 NHL Draft following their Stanley Cup-winning season. He has since been developing with the Bears.
Alexeyev is known for his size and strength and is a decent skater who takes good care of the puck. He is a versatile player who is getting better at moving the play up ice. Alexeyev also spent some time playing top-pairing minutes with Lucas Johansen and also got some experience playing on his off side as well.