New York Islanders forward John Tavares is expected to be fully ready for next season after he reportedly underwent hand surgery in April, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Tavares' right hand is scheduled to be out of a cast next week after he underwent surgery a week after the Islanders' season ended, Staple reports. Tavares reportedly had an issue that lingered throughout the season.
Once his hand is removed from the cast, he is expected to continue his offseason training regimen, according to Staple.
The 26-year-old Tavares scored 28 goals and recorded 38 assists in 77 games for the Islanders last season. He is eligible to sign a contract extension with the team on July 1.
It's unreal what hockey players put themselves through. Now knowing Tavares was battling this injury, it could account for some of the midseason lull he struggled through, especially considering what a dominant force Tavares can be. It didn't seem like he was always at that level this season.
Obviously, much bigger Tavares news awaits, but the idea of the captain coming to camp at 100 percent should excite Isles fans, even moreso with a new contract in hand.