Tom Wilson says he’s ahead of his knee rehab schedule, but admits “it doesn’t mean much” when he’ll be able to return

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson He tore the ACL in his left knee in the first game of the team’s first round series against the Florida Panthers last May. Later that month, he had a successful ligament reconstruction surgery and was given a six- to eight-month injury schedule.

Four months later, a rehabilitated Wilson was in front of a microphone at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on the first day of training camp answering questions about his recovery.

While crushing Wilson for rehab, he admitted that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be able to push His late November to end January schedule to return to the ice.

“Everything was fine, it was very smooth,” Wilson said of his rehab. “[The injury] It’s one of those things where you can be ahead of schedule, but still need to wait… I feel like I’ve been kind of ahead of schedule, per se, since day one. This doesn’t mean much, unfortunately. Obviously I want to be as good as I can every day (at work) but you still have to wait.”

A report from Athletic’s Tariq Al Bashir last week said Wilson’s rehabilitation is going well Included “early December” as a possible return date for the future. If so, Tom would miss about 25 games, which is just under a third of the regular season.

Add Offseason Conor Brown The first crack will be given At the Wilson Center on the right wing of the first line, the start of the first day of training camp on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. brouwn, A killer eager for punishmentHe’ll likely also take on the role of Wilson in PK as well.

Far from being forced out due to suspension, Wilson didn’t miss much time due to injury after a concussion following an injury to the blind side of Ryan Reeves. Wilson missed just four games in the last regular season. Sitting for a long time will be a new experience for him.

Mentally, I was just doing my best to take a break,” Wilson said. “The only silver lining is that the rest of your body can heal. You can take some time to get some mental rest. During the summer at least, I’ve been trying to do that a little bit and just focus on my knees and focus on my rehab. But obviously, when you get back in the track Skateboarding and stuff, it gets more difficult when you see guys skateboarding and playing.”

Wilson recorded his career highs in goals (24), assists (28), points (52), and strengths (10) during the 2021-22 season and made his first-ever appearance in an All-Star Game. The big winger wants to get back there as soon as possible but also acknowledges that patience is a big factor in making a full recovery from an injury such as an ACL tear.

“In a perfect world, a team would do well and roll and win games,” Wilson said. “I’m there for guys any way I can be. It kind of removes me as an individual, try to do what’s best for my health, my recovery. Easier said than done. It’s a competitive world. You want to be there. You want to help your team win.”

“At the end of the day, it’s going to get tough because I’m having a hard time,” he continued. “[The recovery process] Show the longer you wait, the better. It’s going to be tough mentally, but for now, I’m just taking it day in and day out and not talking about a schedule or anything because we’re still far enough.”

The 28-year-old Toronto native hasn’t tied his skates since the procedure. He says the move is still a bit off and focused on his off-ice rehab work for now.

“I think I could probably skate,” Wilson said, “but until your legs are alike and your muscles are alike, (I won’t).” “I’m going to do enough skating, enough sack skating, enough stuff on the snow before I come back. What’s more useful to me this morning (I do) and now the snow is not. When I’m on the snow, that will be the most useful day For me to be on the ice.”

On Thursday we learned from Yevgeny Kuznetsov that Wilson Help to do deejaying work in locker room. While coming off this injury, Tom may have found a way to help the team off the injury list with regards to these tunes.

“Ovi and I go back and forth depending on how things go,” Wilson said. “Ovi might have to switch it up or find someone else. When they need a break from my music, Ovi takes over, and when we need a break from Ovi’s music, I take over. Someone else might slip in there or I can just make playlists and make myself useful with this.” way”.

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