After an injury riddled 2021-22 campaign, Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone had hoped to be back to full health come training camp this fall, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The 30-year-old was forced to undergo back surgery in May, which many believe will keep him sidelined throughout all of training camp. Despite that, however, there is growing optimism within the Golden Knights organization that he will be ready to go for the season opener on Oct. 11.
“Mark’s in town, he’s skating,” general manager Kelly McCrimmon told the Vegas Golden Knights Insider Hockey Show on Tuesday. “Our expectation is he’s going to be available for the opening of the season. What that means exactly with respect to training camp, we’ll see.”
“I think that when you have these offseason surgeries… really, you don’t have that definitive timeline until the players get here. They work with your medical team, you see how they respond to certain treatments, to certain levels of intensity… So, that’s how we’ll play it out.”
Due to back issues in 2021-22, Stone was limited to just 37 games. Despite playing through the injury at times, however, he remained quite productive with nine goals and 30 points. Had he been healthy through the course of the season, it is quite likely that the Golden Knights would have found a way to get into the playoffs, something they are hoping to do this coming season.
If Stone is good to go for the season opener, the Golden Knights will have a very stacked first two lines. With the help of players like Jack Eichel, Jonathan Marchessault, Chandler Stephenson, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith, this team should have no issues scoring goals in bunches.
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