ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals announced that Joe Snively will be out for the next bit after undergoing surgery on his wrist.
On Wednesday, the Capitals announced that Snively would be out week-to-week with a lingering upper-body injury. The team announced on Sunday that Snively underwent a successful procedure to address the scaphoid bone on his left wrist. He will be out for 4-6 weeks as he recovers.
Snively is just getting his NHL career underway. In his first 12 outings with the Capitals, Snively has three goals and four assists. The Herndon, V.a. native and Little Caps alum was helping to fill in for T.J. Oshie, Anthony Mantha and other missing forwards. Prior to his call-up, Snively was among the leading scorers down in the AHL with the Hershey Bears, picking up 38 points in 35 outings before joining the big club.
“Last two and a half years have been a good learning adjustment for me,” Snively explained. “Certain parts of my game defensively, managing the puck, I think I have gotten a lot better at. It has prepared me for this opportunity.”
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With Snively out and Carl Hagelin also undergoing successful surgery on his left eye, the Capitals have recalled Axel Jonsson-Fjallby from Hershey to help fill the void. AJF dressed for Washington on Saturday against the Seattle Kraken. Prior to his call-up, he played in 44 games for Hershey this season, ranking second on the Bears in scoring with 16 goals and 18 assists. Also, Anthony Mantha has returned for Washington, so the team has 13 forwards available. Right now, Daniel Sprong is the extra.