After taking a high, dirty hit from Predators defenseman Josh Healey at the 2019 NHL Prospect Showcase, Alex Alexeyev is being held out of the start of practices at the Capitals’ Training Camp.
According to The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, this is due to an upper-body injury/concussion. Following the hit, which occurred during the Capitals 3-2 loss to the Predators, Alexeyev did not return to the game nor play in the final outing of the Showcase, though Hershey Bears head coach Spencer Carberry said at the time, “We took him out of the game for precautionary reasons to make sure. He had to go through the [concussion] protocol, and everything was good.”
Meanwhile, forward Riley Sutter will also likely be held out of the start of Camp. Sutter sustained an injury during the first game of the Prospect Showcase, though it was not as bad as originally feared. Carberry said of Sutter’s injury, “He just has a sprain. Those are always tricky; could be a week, could be a couple of weeks, but there is no fracture or anything like that, so that’s good news for him.”
NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti also notes in his tweet that Kody Clark sustained an upper-body injury at the Prospect tournament. However, the only two previously reported injuries from the Showcase were Alexeyev and Sutter.
As for Michal Kempny, who has been skating ahead of the Capitals’ informal practices, he will also be sitting out of Training Camp. The target, according to Gulitti, is for Kempny to return for the season opener. Kempny sustained a hamstring injury during the March 20 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and had surgery on April 2.
And for anyone concerned about Alex Ovechkin, who fell off his bike on Sunday, he will be good to go for Training Camp.
Any other injury updates?
MacLellan: “One of our guys fell off a bike.”
He said Ovechkin is fine and will skate tomorrow.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) September 12, 2019
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