Capitals Recall Chandler Stephenson

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 17: Chandler Stephenson #18 of the Washington Capitals moves the puck up ice in the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes during an NHL game at Verizon Center on October 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)
Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images

The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Chandler Stephenson from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

The Capitals have an extra roster spot that Stephenson will occupy. He’ll join team in Ottawa today. The Capitals are on the road tonight and Thursday before the All-Star break, and need insurance while on the road.

Stephenson, 22, played in nine games with the Capitals last season and made his NHL debut on Oct. 15, 2015 vs. Chicago. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native has earned 24 points (6g, 18a) in 39 games with Hershey (AHL) this season and ranks fourth on the team in assists and fifth in points. Last season, Stephenson set AHL career highs in assists (21), points (28) and penalty minutes (26). The 6’0”, 204-pound forward has earned 67 points (21g, 46a) in 141 career AHL games with Hershey.

This is the second recall to Washington this season for the Saskatoon native. Stephenson skated in nine games with the Capitals during the 2015-16 season, making his NHL debut on Oct. 15, 2015 in Washington’s 4-1 win over Chicago.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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