The Washington Capitals saw defenseman John Carlson need to have his ankle surgically repaired after it was broken this past February – but as the upcoming season and the World Cup of Hockey both approach, he insists there’s nothing to worry about with the strength of the former injury.
“I hurt it, took some time off, tried to come back, it felt good, and then it kind of deteriorated,” Carlson said recently, per CSN Midatlantic.
“At that time,” he continued, “we just felt the only option was to get surgery and put some screws in it to basically bulletproof it, make sure that I was back in time for the playoffs and that we were not ever going to have an issue with it again.”
The blue liner, who put up an impressive five goals and 12 points in 12 playoff games for Washington this spring (post-surgery, it’s worth noting), said that the ankle has felt perfect since the surgery and throughout the summer.
If he needs to, Carlson stated, he can get the screws put into the ankle removed – but they haven’t been bothering him. He’s been full steam ahead since missing a 25-game chunk of his 2015-16 campaign with the injury.
That’s good news for the Capitals, but it’s also good news for Team USA at the World Cup. The team will look to win their second-ever World Cup championship on September 17th, when the preliminary round for the tournament begins in Toronto, Canada. Having Carlson at full strength will immensely help the defensive corps, as the 26-year-old former first round pick should provide supplementary offensive production from the back end at full strength.