The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday that right-wing Connor Brown will miss 6-8 months after undergoing surgery on his ACL but the 28-year-old hasn’t been ruled out to return this season.
Brown sustained the injury after getting hit into the boards along the bench by defenseman Noah Juulsen in the Capitals’ 6-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on October 17.
He was held off of the scoresheet and earned a -3 rating in four games. Brown, who can become an unrestricted free agent in July, skated an average of 2:04 per game on the penalty kill (which currently ranks fourth among Capitals forwards).
Brown was acquired from the Ottawa Senators on July 13 after right-wing Tom Wilson underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL on May 25. Wilson sustained the injury during the first period of Game 1 in the team’s first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Florida Panthers on May 2. He missed the rest of the postseason after playing just 1:31.
Wilson is not expected to return to the lineup until at least December but started skating lightly without gear on Wednesday but he has yet to skate on a regular basis. Brown was given the same recovery timeline as Wilson did after last season.
Left-wing Beck Malenstyn has replaced Brown since he has been out.
The Capitals will have a spare $3.6 million in salary cap space to use this season with Brown likely out for the rest of the year.
#Caps forward Connor Brown, who was injured on October 17 versus Vancouver, underwent a surgical procedure on his right knee to reconstruct his torn ACL. Based on the nature of this procedure, Brown is expected to miss 6-8 months.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) November 1, 2022
By Harrison Brown