Mark Stone has successful back surgery, will be ready for Knights 2022-23 season

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Apr 12, 2022; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone (61) skates during warm up prior to a game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The Vegas Golden Knights missed the playoffs for the first time in their young history and not having captain Mark Stone around for most of the season was a big reason for that.

On Thursday, the team announced that Stone underwent a lumbar discectomy on his lower back and will be ready for the start of the 2022-23 season.

Stone, 30, was hampered by injuries that limited him to just 37 games. He finished with nine goals and 21 assists while making four separate trips to the injured reserve list.

Mark Stone has back surgery

This was a difficult season for Stone, who looked like a shadow of himself. A 20+ goal scorer in each of last seven seasons, he did not appear comfortable on the ice most nights.

“I felt OK,” Stone said May 3 in his final media session. “Definitely take positives from a negative season and that’s I’m going to have time to heal. It’s never easy rehabbing injuries during the season. You always want to try and rush yourself back, to get back in. I think I made a couple mistakes throughout this season trying to get back too quick.”

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For his career, Stone has 179 goals and 297 assists in 541 games with the Ottawa Senators and Vegas.