The Washington Capitals announced Friday afternoon that forward Beck Malenstyn had surgery to repair a fractured finger and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
#Caps forward Beck Malenstyn, who was injured on November 1 versus Vegas, underwent a surgical procedure to stabilize a finger fracture on his left hand. Based on the nature of this procedure, Malenstyn is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) November 4, 2022
Malenstyn was injured blocking a shot in the first period of Tuesday night’s game against the Vegas Knights.
Hell of a block by Malenstyn but man, that can’t feel good pic.twitter.com/JuGWfyfjzS
— Matt Weyrich (@ByMattWeyrich) November 1, 2022
The Capitals announced on Wednesday that they had placed Malenstyn, along with forward T.J. Oshie and defenseman John Carlson, on injured reserve and recalled Sonny Milano, Garrett Pilon and Lucas Johansen from the Hershey Bears.
The Capitals recalled Malenstyn on October 19. The move came after right-wing Connor Brown sustained a lower-body injury in the team’s 6-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks the previous night.
Malenstyn had a goal and an assist in five games played before sustaining the injury to his finger earlier this week.
For Malenstyn, this is yet another setback in his development as he works to secure a spot on the Capitals roster. All signs were pointing to the 2020-21 season as Malenstyn’s breakthrough year. Then he suffered a torn Achilles during a normal, everyday workout in the fall of 2020, that caused him to miss the entire 2020-21 season.
”We were just doing shuttle sprints in the gym. A regular day activity for me that unfortunately, just went wrong,” Malenstyn said. “Just a freak accident.”
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