Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny returned to skating activities on Friday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Kempny has been out since he injured his Achilles’ tendon back in October.
Caps D Michal Kempny (Achilles) skated on his own before practice today.
Looks like he’s just starting out. Original timeline for his recovery from his surgery in October was 6-8 months.
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) February 19, 2021
The Capitals announced on October 6 that Kempny would miss 6-8 months after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon. That would put him on track to return sometime in between April and June 2021.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) February 19, 2021
The 30-year-old recorded three goals, 18 points, and a team-leading +19 rating in 58 regular-season games during the 2019-20 season after missing the first eight while recovering from core muscle surgery that occurred on April 2, 2019.
Kempny recorded one assist and a -2 rating in five Stanley Cup Playoff games but was a healthy scratch for the final three games of the Capitals’ first-round series against the New York Islanders.
In 232 career NHL games with the Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, the 30-year-old has recorded 14 goals, 61 points, and a +58 rating.
Kempny recorded a 50.35% Corsi-for percentage and a 49.54% expected goals-for percentage this past season.
He was demoted from the top defensive pairing after Dillon was acquired from the San Jose Sharks on February 19 and was even a healthy scratch for one game.
By Jon Sorensen