TJ Oshie had surgery in the offseason for an upper body injury

TJ Oshie missed 38 games last season due to lower body injury, upper body injury, COVID and non-COVID illness.

The start of 2022-23 doesn’t fare much better either. Oshie was sidelined for the first day of team training camp due to trunk surgery during the offseason. The Caps hold their annual fitness tests at the MedStar Capitals Iceplex.

But there is positive news. The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir said the move was preemptive and Oshie, who has been on the team’s informal skates over the summer, is set to take to the ice for day two of training camp on Friday.

Oshie said at his press conference that he suffered the injury in March. He thinks he should be ready for opening night.

On Breakdown Day in May, Oshie told the press that “I have some work to do on the body before any training can begin.” When asked if he needed surgery, he replied, “No, I don’t think so…I hope not.”

Oshie, a five-time 20-goal scorer for the Capitals, had his season turned sour when he blocked a shot against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 27. Oshie broke his foot, putting the right winger in a walking boot and on crutches for weeks.

Oshie derailed his season yet again when he tried to come back too soon after his injury. Oshie, who spent most of his childhood growing up in Washington state, tried to make it back in time for a Seattle Kraken game Nov. 21 at Climate Pledge Arena.

“I had a broken foot and was rushing to try and play in that game,” Oshie explained on The Rink Live podcast. “I probably had 50-70 people from my childhood there coming to the game. I was still in a walking boot, but I asked the sneakers to let me play the night before in San Jose. I so took my foot out of the walking boot, straight into my skate, and played the San Jose game and ended up getting so excited on the ice that I had 10 hits in the first 15 minutes of the game. Then my back started to come out, probably because I was walking in a boot and not really practicing and jumping straight into an NHL game. We flew to Seattle the next night we were playing them the next day and of course I couldn’t get up the next day, I had to crawl to our team meal and see our coach and say, ‘Hey, guys, I can’t physically walk.”

Oshie will have 20 days to fully heal before the 2022-23 regular season puck drops.

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