The Washington Capitals announced on Wednesday that forward Tom Wilson has undergone successful knee surgery on a torn ACL and will be out six to eight months. Wilson tore the ACL in his left knee in the first period of Game 1 of their first-round series with the Florida Panthers on May 3.
#Caps forward Tom Wilson, who was injured on May 3 in Game 1 against Florida, underwent a successful surgical procedure on his left knee to reconstruct his torn ACL. Based on the nature of this procedure, Wilson is expected to miss 6-8 months.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) May 25, 2022
The timeline means Wilson will miss the start of the 2022-23 season, but could return before the end of the calendar year. It’s more likely Wilson will be out until January.
On breakdown day on May 15, Wilson called his injury “pretty significant” but didn’t want to say what the specific knee injury was. Wilson said he was unsure how it happened.
Wilson also said he tried to work his way back to play in the postseason but couldn’t. He and coach Laviolette spoke about the process the team was undergoing to get Wilson back on the ice.
Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said Wilson would not have been able to play in the playoffs no matter how far they team went. He said a decision on whether he would need surgery on his knee would be made in next couple days.
Wilson sustained the knee injury in the first period of Game 1 of their first round series with the Panthers and did not return to the game or the series. He played a total of 1:31 and three shifts for the series.
The Capitals did not specify when Wilson’s surgery took place.
By Jon Sorensen