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Capitals Defenseman Alexeyev Out 4-5 Months After Shoulder Surgery



Capitals defenseman Alex Alexeyev

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.