The Capitals announced this morning in a press release that they have recalled defensemen Christian Djoos and forward Chandler Stephenson from the Hershey Bears.
This will be Djoos first time getting called up from Hershey which leads one to think what it could mean for John Carlson. Carlson is hoping to return to action this week after rehabbing from a lower body injury.
Djoos is a bit undersized but brimming with talent. Really interested to see him in the NHL #Caps
— JJ Regan (@JJReganCSN) January 30, 2017
The additions give the Capitals 13 forwards and eight defensemen for their game tomorrow night against the Islanders.
On Djoos recall: Told it’s a precaution with AHL on All-Star break. Don’t read too much into it with regards to John Carlson and his injury.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) January 30, 2017
Djoos is the son of former NHL defender Pat Djoos, who played in 95 NHL games with Detroit and the New York Rangers.
The Bears are on break for the 2017 AHL All Star classic. They’ll return to action this Friday at Binghamton.
Press release from the Capitals PR department:
The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Christian Djoos and forward Chandler Stephenson from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Djoos, 22, has earned 26 points (5g, 21a) in 35 games with Hershey (AHL) this season. The Gothenburg, Sweden, native ranks third on the team in assists and fifth in points. In addition, he leads Bears defensemen in points and assists and ranks tied for first in goals. Djoos recorded a career-high three assists on Nov. 19 against Syracuse and has registered six multi-point games this season. The 6’0”, 164-pound defenseman earned 22 points (8g, 14a) in 62 games last season and led Hershey defensemen in goals. He has earned 49 points (13g, 36a) in 98 career AHL games with Hershey. Djoos was drafted by the Capitals in the seventh round, 195th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Stephenson, 22, played in two games with the Capitals this season and made his 2016-17 season debut on Jan. 24 at Ottawa. He played in nine games with Washington last season and made his NHL debut on Oct. 15, 2015 vs. Chicago. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native has earned 24 points (6g, 18a) in 41 games with Hershey (AHL) this season and ranks fifth on the team in assists and tied for sixth in points. Stephenson set AHL career highs in assists (21), points (28) and penalty minutes (26) with the Bears in 2015-16. The 6’0”, 204-pound forward has earned 67 points (21g, 46a) in 143 career AHL games with Hershey. He was drafted by the Capitals in the third round, 77th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.
By Michael Marzzacco