Capitals forward prospect Beck Malenstyn is expected to be out for 6 to 8 months after undergoing surgery to repair an Achilles tendon, the team announced Saturday. Malenstyn suffered the injury in Vancouver while training.
Malenstyn, 22, was thought to be in the running to make the Caps' roster in 2021 as a 13th forward, but this injury will almost certainly mean he will miss the entire season. A six-month timetable would not see him ready to return until June.
In his second season with the Hershey Bears, Malenstyn scored seven goals and eight assists in 46 games and was impressive enough that he appeared in three games for Washington. He was also among the black aces brought with the team to the Toronto bubble in the postseason.
Malenstyn is a depth forward whose skill set is well-suited for a fourth-line role. Zack Fisch, the voice of the Hershey Bears, said in an episode of the Capitals Talk podcast in November that he felt Malenstyn would be one of the team's prospects he could see making the jump to the NHL next season.
"[Malenstyn] might be the best fit out of everybody because he plays on a fourth line in Hershey a lot, he can move up if needed, grinds, hits hard, fearless shot-blocker and penalty killer and is tough as nails," Fisch said. "He can drop 'em, he'll stand up for his teammates and is just a really good guys that fits right in anywhere."