Garrett Mitchell To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

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Washington Capitals prospect Garrett Mitchell is expected to miss four to six months as he recovers from shoulder surgery. According to Tim Leone of The Patriot-News, the surgery is scheduled for Thursday in Washington.

Mitchell has a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He said he’s had shoulder problems for most of the season, but the ailment was aggravated on Nov. 24 during a game against the Binghamton Senators.

“I’m kind of done for the year,”, Mitchell tells Leone. “For me, it’s kind of a bummer. There’s no other context I can put it. Hopefully, I can come back with the boys for a playoff run. If not, I’ll be healthy for next year.”

For anyone who was watching Mitchell playing for the Bears this fall, it was clear something was wrong with him. After getting edged out by Tom Wilson to the fourth-line right-wing position, Mitchell had just two points in 17 AHL regular season games. He was also a scratch for more than a few games in Hershey and didn’t seem to bring the same energy that set him apart when he first stepped on the ice for the Bears.

That’s a tough break for Mitch, who was expected to make his NHL debut some time this season following a tremendous 2012-13 campaign in Hershey, during which he recorded 30 points in 75 points games.

Mitchell is one of two Caps prospects in Hershey sidelined with long-term injuries that required surgeries as Tomas Kundratek underwent surgery to repair torn ACL on Wednesday.

  • dylan wheatley

    30 points in 75 points don’t sound too impressive to me

  • https://twitter.com/Haddaweezy Holy_Cal

    For you guys to tweet out we lost a call-up option is a bit exaggerated. I wish him the best, but he’s a role player on Hershey. I don’t even think the poor bloke figures in to anyone’s bottom 6.

    I was just thinking (with Beagle’s injury) which Forward might be on the list for a call up. I think after Latta, it’s slim pickins. Maybe Rechlicz, maybe. Galiev and Walker seem like lightyears away.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Take a look at Brooks Laich’s final season in the minors and then get back to me http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=55402

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    I’m on #TeamFedor here, Holy_Cal. I completely disagree. Mitchell played the majority of last season on the first line with the Bears. He was arguably the Hershey’s most consistent forward. He can skate really well and he can play in all situations. He was blossoming last season, but this year his shoulder injury really hindered him.

    I could go on and on though. He was named Hershey’s most improved player two seasons in a row. He was named the team’s assistant captain this year at age 22. Last season, Mark French has said that he thinks he’s an NHL player. To him, it wasn’t a question of if, it was when.

    If the Caps had injuries this season and needed someone to fill a bottom six role, I absolutely think he would have been in the mix with Latta.

  • Fedor

    For a guy who is projected to be a fourth-liner it’s just fine. Latta didn’t get many more points last year and did just fine in the NHL http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=14436

  • Fedor

    Yes, him and Latta actually had very comparable seasons and very comparable skillsets. One is a center, the other is a winger, but if one had success, I just can’t see the reasons why another can’t.

  • dylan wheatley

    but brooks was scoring those points in games, not points. 30 points in 75 points? seems to me like he left 45 points on the table.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Ugh, Dylan, I finally figured out you were referring to a typo in the story. It’s fixed and I hate you. Haha.

  • dylan wheatley

    I’m such a great and funny guy

  • Shaun Phillips

    Agreed. We went to a couple of Bears games last season and he was the first guy we noticed. Ton of energy, good shot, great skater.

  • yv

    In OHL Erie where Caps Burakovsky blossoming with 21g, 23 a, 44p, 12 PIM, I see they have a center, Dane Fox, who keeps scoring on crazy pace 38 g (1st in the league), 25a, 63 points in 32 games and this coming with 59 min of PIM (1st in team!). What really surprising for me that he is a free agent at 20 years old. Maybe GMGM and Caps should go there and sign him? What are the rules? Scoring centers are a rarity.

  • Josh Carey

    Wait what? Kundratek just had surgery yesterday? Hasn’t he had a torn ACL for like a month?