Left-wing Carl Hagelin skated prior to the Washington Capitals’ practice on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing two surgeries on his eye, the first of which occurred on March 3. The 34-year-old also had a procedure done on his hip on October 11. However, he will not suit up for game action anytime soon.
Laviolette on Carl Hagelin skating today before optional practice:
“How good is that to see. He’s out there just testing, just seeing where he’s at. … Just wanted to get a feel. He’s still in the distant future. ”
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) December 28, 2022
Hagelin was injured during a practice on March 1 when he caught a stick up high from a teammate. He skated on his own during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Hagelin stated after last season that he will never regain 100% of his vision.
He averaged 1:54 on the penalty-kill (second among Capitals forwards at the time he was hurt) and scored three goals and 14 points in 53 games last season.
Hagelin has not played since a 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 28.
By Harrison Brown