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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
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.