Knights’ Mark Stone has back surgery, to return for 2022-23

Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone underwent lumbar discectomy on his lower back and will be ready for the start of the 2022-23 season, the team announced Thursday.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins IV at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey (Calif.) Hospital.

Stone, 30, was dogged by injuries throughout the season. He finished with nine goals and 21 assists in 37 games, and he had four stints on injured reserve.

“Definitely take positives from a negative season and that’s I’m going to have time to heal,” Stone said during his final media session on May 3, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“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.”

The dropoff in production was stark for Stone, who had 20-plus goals in each of his previous seven seasons. He has 179 career goals in 541 games with the Ottawa Senators and Vegas.