Not a shocker, but the Washington Capitals have re-assigned forward Chandler Stephenson to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
This is potentially good news regarding Justin Williams and his lower body injury. However, the team will likely recall an additional forward for the Capitals trip to Montreal.
Stephenson did not record a point or shot in 7:42 versus the Bruins, but won 5 of 7 face-offs.
Stephenson skated in 41 games with Hershey this season, registering 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) to go along with 28 penalty minutes. His 18 assists are fifth on the club, and he ranks seventh on the team in points. In 143 career AHL games with Hershey, Stephenson has scored 67 points (21 goals, 46 assists).
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Stephenson, 22, played in three 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 Jon Sorensen