Alex Alexeyev Undegoes Labral Repair Surgery

The Washington Capitals announced on Saturday afternoon that defenseman Alexander Alexeyev has undergone labral repair surgery on his left shoulder. He is expected to miss 4-5 months.

Alexeyev has dealt with quite a few injuries in his career, but most of them have occurred while he was playing for the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League (WHL). Alexeyev sustained no less than eight injuries in 156 games played over the his three seasons with Red Deer.

The injuries ranged from moderate to severe, capping his seasons at 41, 45 and 49 regular season games played (out of 72 regular season games in the WHL). That’s 45%, 33% and 28% of the games over the three seasons. (More on his WHL injuries here.)

Alexeyev has been much more resilient during his first three seasons in the AHL, playing 68 games during his rookie campaign, 12 games in the Covid-shortened 2020-21 season (he played a full season in the KHL prior to coming to Hershey for the finish of the season) and 58 games in the 2021-22 season.

With the anticipated departures of Justin Schultz, Michal Kempny and Matt Orwin, Alexeyev was set to battle for a potential depth defenseman position on the Capitals roster this fall. The Capitals could be looking to add as many as three defensemen to the roster this off-season.

On Wednesday defensive prospect Tobias Geisser announced that he had signed a three-year deal with EV-Zug in the Swiss League. As a result, the Capitals projected depth chart heading into this off-season looks like this:

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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5 Responses to Alex Alexeyev Undegoes Labral Repair Surgery

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

  2. Marky says:

    Being down 2lhd in Geisser and AA leaves LucaJo as the favorite to land the 3rd pair left defenseman for Caps this coming season. Would be a great opportunity for him and Iā€™m rooting for him.

  3. Esteban says:

    My how the mighty have fallen. When drafted everyone though AA was on the fast track to the NHL. Lots of talent but he needs to get healthy. Good luck.

  4. Lance says:

    Bummer! Get well soon AA. We’ll see you in the NHL soon.

  5. steven says:

    An easy and quick surgery to repair the problem. Rehab isnt bad as I had mine done when I had rotator cuff surgery adn rehab was 4 months. And he is going to have more intense rehab than most. Good luck and a speedy recovery adn back to playing before Thanksgiving adn in wash by Valentines Day at the latest.

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