New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Mackenzie Skapski underwent hip arthroscopy to repair a labral tear in his right hip. The procedure was performed at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Skapski is expected to be sidelined for four-to-five months.
Skapski, 20, appeared in two games with the Rangers in 2014-15, posting a 2-0-0 record, along with a 0.50 GAA, a .978 SV%, and 1 SO. He earned his first career NHL win while making his NHL debut on Feb. 20 at Buffalo, becoming the third-youngest goaltender in franchise history to record a win in his NHL debut. Skapski also posted his first career NHL shutout while making his second career NHL start on Mar. 14 at Buffalo. He became the first Rangers goaltender to record his first career NHL shutout in one of his first two NHL starts since Marcel Paille did so during the 1957-58 season.
The 6-3, 191-pounder also appeared in 28 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2014-15, posting a 15-8-3 record, along with a 2.40 GAA, a .914 SV%, and 3 SO. Skapski ranked seventh among AHL rookie goaltenders in GAA and ranked 10th among AHL rookie goaltenders in SV%. In his last 16 AHL appearances during the regular season, Skapski posted a 10-4-2 record, along with a 2.30 GAA and a .918 SV%.